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!!!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

"Snowy Owls".

Hi all!!

This is my first post of 2016 and not surprisingly it features Little Owls. On the morning of January 17th Leicestershire awoke to a blanket of snow, this was encouragement enough to get me out there in search of some "snowy owls". 

The conditions made it tricky driving as I negotiated the slippery country lanes, but I had no option as to see an owl at one of my "known sites" getting deep into the countryside and off the beat and track was a necessity. Initially no owls were seen which was a disappointment, however my persistence was eventually rewarded when a single Little Owl was espied perched up in one of its favoured trees. The views were really close but its not exactly the "snowy" image I was after, I suppose beggars can't be choosers? 

Little Owl - Site No 87
Later on in the morning another Little Owl was located perched up on top of an old farm building, this bird was a lot further away than the first owl I located but this did allow for a bit more snow and nearer the wintry image I was after.

Little Owl - Site No 53
This morning was also the first time I have tried out the new Nissan 4 x 4 in "trying" conditions, it performed very well indeed and I didn't get stuck! 

Sorry it's only a short post, much more to come in 2016 hopefully!

Catch up again soon.................

14 comments:

  1. You can't beat that combination - nice shots!

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  2. Great shots Paul. Loving the snowy theme. A new 4x4 then, looking forward to hearing/seeing more about the vehicle.

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    1. Hopefully it will serve me as well as the old Landie did?

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  3. Did the same myself this afternoon, you were much luckier than me. I saw naf all. Super shots Paul

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    1. Oh I visited 20 or so sites, it was tough going and yes I was lucky in the end.

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  4. Going out in the snow certainly paid off for you, Paul! That first image is delightful.

    Looks like you had a lot more snow than we did. I toyed with the idea of going out but, as the snow was already quite slushy first thing, opted to attempt some photography in the garden instead.

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    1. Yes we had a good fall of snow on sat night/sun morning Richard, I did op to brave it but didn't see as much as I'd like to have, cheers!

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    1. Tanks for stopping by and leaving your comment Alan, much appreciated!

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