​Little owl (Athene noctua). In late summer 2013 I was lucky enough to discover a family of little owls living in a local farm and churchyard. Although difficult to approach I have managed to get some fairly long distance shots which show their habitat in the farm buildings and churchyard perching on Cotswold stone walls, and orchard trees in late summer sunlight. In summer 2015 thanks to the kind help of Yvonne and Vince I have been able to set up a pop up hide to photograph a new family of owls in a horse shelter in Oxfordshire: It has been fantastic to watch the little balls of fluff emerge and fledge succesfully! Since then  I have been able to set up the hide again and watch as another brood of youngsters is raised. Thanks again to Yvonne and Vince.

Next spring  we hope to be   offering further spots at this hide to photograph these Little owls, watch this space  for end of May! 

Little owl (Athene noctua)
Little owl (Athene noctua)

Adult fluffed up in evening light. as used for the cover of my book: Photographing wildlife in the UK,

Little owl (Athene noctua)
Little owl (Athene noctua)

Spaghetti for tea

Little owl squeeze
Little owl squeeze

Three fledgling Lttle owls all try to leave at once!

kiss me you t(er)wit
kiss me you t(er)wit

Little owlets kiss

Little owl (Athene noctua)
Little owl (Athene noctua)

Underexposed by two stops creates this dramatic contrast with evening light and black backdrop

Little owl (Athene noctua)
Little owl (Athene noctua)

Watching the sun go down

Little owl (Athene noctua)
Little owl (Athene noctua)

Evening light

So cross !
So cross !

Little owlet looking kind of angry!

You aint seen me right ?
You aint seen me right ?

Little owlet hiding behind a post