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!!!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Pretty Pleased

A quick stop off to see if any owls were showing, I wasn't expecting much activity as these strong winds we are having of late tends to keep them down. To my surprise they were up, the light wasn't very good for photography so I opted to just watch them for ten minutes or so.  

Then the horrid grey clouds broke and the sun shone through, to coincide with this a solitary owl was quartering nearby and getting nearer. In a mad rush the camera was soon out and then the owl approached near enough to rattled off a few frames.

I couldn't believe my luck, normally when I visit this site there has been loads of preparation and hours of waiting, but today I guess it was a case of right place at the right time!

I'm chuffed to bits with the outcome, just goes to show how some nice light can really enhance an image.


  1. I am just amazed that you can get this close, this grand a shot and in the daylight hours...wonderful!!!

  2. Thanks for your comments ladies, better to come when I finally get a canon lens..............2015 and still waiting!!:-(

  3. Got to be one of the best yet! Well done!!!

  4. I agree with Richard - this has got to be up there. In fact because of the pose, I think it's my favourite of your collection.

    To sum up: