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, 7 April 2014

Hangover owling......

Nothing much owly to report from the weekend as I was busily having a double celebration, firstly it was my beloved Leicester City finally gaining promotion to the promised land of the Premier League on Friday night and secondly it was a friends wedding on Saturday. Needless to say monster amounts of beer were consumed over the two days which rendered me in a total mess come Sunday. 

However, late on Sunday afternoon I started to come back to life and I made the effort to go out and get some fresh air. I made another visit to my Tawny Owl site No 7, it proved a long wait for the owl to show but when it did I was richly rewarded with some fabulous views. Although I managed quite a few different types of images of the bird on this visit I have selected just this one image to share. I had previously imagined the owl in this exact pose and on this very perch, but I didn't think my wish would actually come true, well not to this extent!


Thanks for stopping by, catch up with you all again soon.......................

10 comments:


  1. Fantastic image, Paul. Very good daylight shots of Tawny Owls are hard to come by, so big congrats on another great image.

    Andy...

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    1. Very true Andy, I have waited over seven years to find a suitable "daytime" subject and now I have a few different sites where there is potential. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. This is a truly stunning image of a tawny owl Paul...

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    1. Thank you Adey, I am sure that all your hard work surveying potential Tawny sites will too pay dividends.

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  3. Another stunning Image mate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Well thank you very much GREENPECKER!!!!

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  4. Both the header and the image in the post are stunning shots Paul. congrats on coming up to the Prem' just Champions League qualification now :o)

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    1. Cheers for the comment Doug, champions league?????? Your having a laugh!!

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  5. Probably your best Tawny image yet, Paul. Wonderful!

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  6. Wow, just wow. I absolutely love this and the header photo. The best I've managed where I've moved to so far is just to hear Tawny Owls. I keep trying to find them - but am doing a terrible job. Your photos are awe inspiring stuff!

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