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!!!

Monday, 15 April 2013

A bitter sweet moment......

Here below are two very serious contenders for possibly my best Tawny Owl images, I was very lucky indeed to capture them both in absolutely brilliant light levels. Just a shame about those distracting twigs!!

This image (below) was taken as the owl was in mid flight between two trees. It's a bitter sweet image though, I can't believe I didn't get it all in the frame, what a plonker!!!
Even though I clipped its wings in this "once in a lifetime" opportunity I am still a very happy chappy with the overall results, its not every day you get to witness such a spectacular bird as this, especially in the daytime!