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!!!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Watching and waiting..........

During the course of the last two evenings I have been spent quite some time parked up at two different potential Barn Owl locations/buildings where boxes have been recently erected. Things seem to be on a real roll at the moment as at both locations single owls where seen, I can't as yet confirm if they are actually using the box (or if there is a pair) as I didn't enter either of the buildings to check.

Last night (Weds) this bird below offered some nice views as it perched up in the fading light. 


At the second site that I visited this evening (Thurs) this single bird was seen perched up on this old rustic gate after a wait of almost 2 hours. At the time of showing it was pouring with rain and consequently it didn't venture far from the barn.   


I will be re-visiting both sites again within the next week or so to see if there is a pair in residence and if any breeding has commenced?

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

19 comments:

  1. Very nice images Paul, well worth the wait.....

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  2. You can't beat that, beautiful images Paul.

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  3. Hi Paul, fabulous images of a super subject, you are getting results on your efforts.
    Regards John

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  4. Gobsmacked. Two absolute stunners. The second image really is special in my opinion.

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    1. Thanks Doug, hopefully more to come from these sites?

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  5. Two outstanding images to reward you for your patience, Paul. That second one really has the edge, however, in my opinion.

    I look forward to see more from these sites. Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Many thanks for your kind words Richard.

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  6. Delightful images of equally delightful bird.

    Have a happy week..

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  7. Wow they are soooo beautiful!! You must have a great camera, too, cuz I can't see the rain at all.

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