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!!!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Barn Owl in the golden light.

I didn't do my usual Friday night "thing" and go to the pub, instead I made the ultimate sacrifice and had a "dry night". I decided my time would be better employed sitting in my mobile hide for a few hours in the hope that a Barn Owl would show. And I was richly rewarded with some superb views of a male Barn Owl in the golden setting sun.


I was very pleased with the results and once the sun had set I did eventually find myself in the pub, well a couple of late pints were just reward for such a successful evening! 

14 comments:

  1. Call that a dry night? You deserved it mate. That's an absolute beauty.

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  2. Gorgeous image Paul, the light is fantastic too.

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  3. When you get fabulous results like this, I'm surprised that you don't have 'mildly damp' nights more often. Well worth the sacrifice!

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    1. Yes much better than a few pints, I suppose!!! Cheers Richard.

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  4. Superb Paul, without doubt, the best shot you have taken IMO.

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    1. Cheers Andy, although I am not sure what the "IMO" means? Am I being thick?

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  5. Wowww!!!. Great shot.. Just beautiful.. Congrats..

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  6. Thats a superb image mate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Stunning shot of what is a really splendid bird.
    Shame about the hours missed in the pub though as you'll never get them back!

    Cheers,
    Carl

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    1. That's right Carl, those 3 or 4 pints are gone forever, but I am sure I will make up for it along the way!

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