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 March 2015

Short Eared Owl.

I have recently had a fantastic encounter with a Short Eared Owl that will stay embedded within my memory banks for a long while to come. I was in situ well before dawn, it was bitterly cold (minus 2), windy and to be honest it was pretty uncomfortable, mainly due to my inadequate clothing! However, I endured the elements and had a happy camera snapping hour with the bird before I had to prematurely call it a day.









Finally, a massive thank you must go to John "R", without his help I'd never of had this fabulous experience. Cheers buddy!

Thanks for stopping by, catch up soon......

20 comments:

  1. A great set of images Paul.....

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    1. Cheers Adey, much better to come I am sure when we visit scotland soon......

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  2. Great images Paul, the last one is f***ing brilliant, probably the best SEO image I've seen in a long time

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  3. Great images of one of my favourite owls

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    1. And one of my favourite birds too Carl.

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  4. Epic shots! nicely captured/ Beautiful set of pics on this owl. It's still one I have yet to find!

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    1. There are not easy to find Chris, so you have to fill ya boots when you do!

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  5. The last few posts say it all mate, magazine material absolutely stunning mate, if I could get images half as good as yours I would be happy!!!!

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  6. Just catching up after a week or so away, Paul. So pleased I didn't miss this post, even if I am a bit late in getting to it. An utterly wonderful series of images and, as noted by people before me, that last one is amazing, and would for virtually everyone be the image of a lifetime!! Whatever will you come up with next?????

    Best wishes - - - - - Richard

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  7. Thank you Richard, yes I am pretty pleased with that last image. Who knows what's next.........?????

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  8. Well done Paul absolute beauties (picture of the month on birdguides ???) All the best for this years breeding season hope it all goes well :-)

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    1. Hi Dawson, hope you are well? Many thanks for the comments buddy.

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  9. I'm glad you had a great morning, they were still there yesterday !! Cheers John

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  10. Yes I had a very memorable hour with the SEO John, many thanks for you help!

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