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!!!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Differrent moods.

Following my last post I have now had time to go through the rest of the images from that night. Loads that I am pleased with but an awful lot of similar ones, but here are a few more (and the latest header, above) that are a bit different.
What is quite surprising with this particular batch is how different the background colours are from one and other. Nothing to do with how they have processed them but how the light was being defracted when filtering through the branches of the nearby tree. As the sun moved around and began to set the area (and the birds) went from being in full sun (possibly too bright at times!) to deep shadow and lots a variations of mottled light in between, certainly gave some different effects.

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  1. Stunning photos of these cute little owls!

  2. Douglas McFarlane13 July 2012 at 00:09

    Great images, can't fault any of them, though I really like the top one with the dark green background.

  3. Evry one is fabulous, but the new header is the absolute star for me, closely followed by fourth, then the second images. Wonderful!