Last week I spent a few hours in a portable canvas tent sweating away for several hours and waiting for the appearance of this Little Owl. He is the father of a young brood which is located in a hole somewhere on a nearby large old tree. After almost 5 hours he made his appearance and stayed for half an hour until he had either eaten or taken to his nest all the food I had put out. Insects and small rodents form the bulk of their diet, but they will take a wide range of food including small birds and amphibians. The photograph was taken with a Canon 7D mk II, through a 300mm F2.8 lens, ISO 250. The Little owl is an introduced species to the UK, introduced at the turn of the 19th century from Italy. Recent breeding surveys suggest that the numbers are in decline, down by almost 24% in the last few years. The bird can often be found during daylight hours, my photographs were taken about 6:30 pm. Recently he has been sighted as early as 3:00pm looking for food for his chicks.