Hi and welcome to my Blog, my name is Paul Riddle and I live in south Leicestershire, UK. Back in August 2007 my quest began to locate as many local Little Owl territories as possible. The driving force was a reported decline in the uk numbers so I thought I would do my bit and conduct a study in my area. After 7 years and countless hours out in the field I have detected over 200 different sites. With a thirst for a greater understanding of the owls a more comprehensive monitoring and nest box programme then commenced. This also now includes monitoring the local and very sparse population of Barn Owls, please pop back occasionally and catch up with the life and times of my owls and any other wildlife that I come across. I hope you enjoy your visit!!!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


Nothing much to report on the owling front from the last few days, at the weekend the evenings were spent mostly on the beer and the mornings were for recovering!

So the free time I had (in between the headaches) was spent tidying up my new hard drive now it has returned from the conman, no sorry the repairman!! Although expensive at £300 he did a grand job and salvage 99.99% of the data on it.......phew!!!!! Whilst organising and backing up my hard drive I came across a few images that as yet I hadn't had time to process, so in this period of inactivity I thought I'd share them with you!

This is my only image from the brilliant site No 87 where I managed to capture 3 of the 4 juveniles together, all say aaaarrgghh!

This owl allowed me to get so close to it that you can actually see the reflection of my Landrover in its eyes!

And finally a bit of owl loving, all say aaaarrgghh again!

That's all for now folks, hopefully some more up to date action will be coming this way very soon!


  1. Hey Rid, Good news on the hard drive data! I've lost a few over the years and the quoted price for recovering the data in the states was in the thousands.

    Spectacular shots as always! The reflection of the Land Rover is especially cute!! Enjoy, Phil

  2. Very pleased for you about the images Paul - that would have been a disaster.

    Great shots - the last one is my favourite.

  3. glad you sorted your hard-drive out. £300 is a few bob, but I'm sure your pictures and memories attached to them are priceless. Amazing images as ever

  4. Good work witjh the owls!
    Here in spain the little owl has been declared , bird of 2011 by the SEO. HIs numbers have declined a lot in recent years,,,,
    NIce day.

  5. Yes it was good to get the old hard drive back, even though it hurt the wallet somewhat! Thanks for all your kind words guys.