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, 20 March 2012

Longer days.

After what seems an age of horrible dark dismal days with terrible light that offers limited photo opportunities the conditions are now improving some what. The days are now starting to draw out which gives me the opportunity to get out after work to see whats about? Lucky for me, today was the warmest day of the year so far and as the evening sun was setting it brought out the owls!

Site No 135. 

Site No 154

Site No 120.

Although the "window of opportunity" to grab some decent images in good light is still limited it was still a a very productive evening for seeing owls as the light faded. In the 2 hours I was out 8 different Little Owls were seen across 5 sites, gotta be a good omen for things to come?