Little Owl Hide


Dates available from the end of April 2018, depending on breeding success.

After a very successful six years spent photographing wild Little Owls at this well established site, Neil Neville Photography will continue to be committed to bringing you a high quality Little Owl experience.

The hide itself is set on a rural farmland location in South Buckinghamshire, within the territory of a resident, breeding pair of wild Little Owls and has been established successfully for six years years now.
Our aim is to be able to provide photographers with a good selection of perched and flight shots of the Owls, with a strong possibility of capturing any owlets once they emerge mid summer.

Careful attention has been taken to give photographers the opportunity to photograph these stunning, charismatic birds of prey on a variety of natural perches with clean backgrounds, maximising the best available light at the site, whilst being sympathetic to the natural environment and keeping any disturbances to the birds to an absolute minimum.

The hide is suitable for all levels of photographer, from beginners who are new to wildlife photography and wish to learn more about this incredibly rewarding style of photography via one to one tuition, through to seasoned professionals looking to add to their portfolios, or maybe you are an enthusiast photographer looking to hone your skills with a wild subject, whatever your requirements are we are sure we can cater for them.

Although resident all year round, generally speaking the Little Owls are most active at this site during their breeding season, which is early April through until late August, and a typical day would see the Owls active around dawn until mid morning then again mid afternoon through until dusk and beyond, with the middle part of the day usually spent roosting, however it is quite possible that the Owls could show at the hide at any time.

Equipment wise, you will need a DSLR camera, either full frame or crop sensor, a lens in the 300mm-600mm range, ideally with a fast maximum aperture of F2.8 or F4 and extenders ( if using a 300mm lens with a full frame camera body ).
Due to space constraints in the hide a tripod is not necessary as Neil will provide high quality, custom made plates combined with a gimbal type tripod head for you to use or, high quality beanbags are also provided should you require them instead. Also, a remote shutter release of some description will also be of use particularly when trying to obtain certain types of flight shots.

For Canon users, I am able to provide either a 300mm f2.8L IS, or a 500mm f4L IS lens plus a 1.4X extender if required for you to hire and use at an extra cost, but please check the availability for this service at the time of enquiry.

Tea and coffee is also provided in the hide for your enjoyment.

To view images taken from the hide, please click here

To see what customers thought of the Little Owl hide on previous visits please click here

Whilst I will work hard and do my best to ensure that the owls will appear for you, and that you leave with some memorable images of the birds, please remember and accept that these are WILD BIRDS and will only appear WHEN THEY WANT TO and that as with all wildlife there are absolutely no guarantees.

For more information, availability of dates, and prices, please get in touch via the contact page and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have on any aspect of the Little Owl Hide.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.