Owl Paintings

pictures of owls


This page shows my paintings of various species of owls. The pictures depict barn owls, tawny owls, little and short - eared owls.
View my pencil sketches of a hovering barn owl

  Picture of a Tawny owl, Strix aluco by Martin Ridley
  Tawny Owl, Strix aluco, Oils, 16 x 24 inches
Tawny owl prints
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Entering a wood in early summer:

  • by listening the calls and songs of fifteen to twenty species can be heard

  • by marching around and trying to use binoculars only five species might be identified

(The cover of the leaves obscures vision and by walking about birds are flushed into other parts of the wood)

I recommend that you try and learn some bird calls.
Once you can recognize the calls and songs of birds, birdwatching moves into another dimension. Birds that you seldom saw can now be easily traced in your neighbourhood via their calls.

Even identification of a few common species it is a great advantage, for if you hear the song of something you don't recognize it is likely to be something more unusual. I am constantly filtering the bird calls around me listening for anything worth investigating. Subconsciously I am scanning calls all the time and sometimes detect interesting birds at the most unsuitable times and in most unlikely places.


To teach myself the bird calls I have carefully homed in on the sources of unknown calls, identified the species and then remembered what I have learnt by isolating what is particular about the call and how I would describe it to somebody else.

Repetition seems to have worked, now I can go for weeks without hearing anything unusual, and when I do its just a simple task to expand my repertoire.

There are many excellent tapes and CDs of bird calls and songs for sale, which can accelerate your learning and help keep you up to scratch through the quieter times of the year. The ranges are expanding all the time, keen birders can now prepare for exotic trips all around the world.

Contact Wildsounds for details of their recordings.

Address: Wildsounds, Cross Street, Salthouse, Norfolk NR25 7XH
Tel/Fax: 01263 741100

Website: www.wildsounds.co.uk


Owls are more vocal than they are visible, they are cryptically camouflaged and during the day most species roost huddled up in cover. Local tawny owls vocalize regularly and can often be seen hunting when they have young. Knowledge of the different owl species' calls enables me to detect the occasional visits by barn, long-eared owls and little owls.

Knowing the "hissing squawk" calls for food of young tawny owls means that I come across them every spring.

Picture of young tawny owl, Strix aluco
Young Tawny Owl
Strix aluco


This youngster was located only a short stroll from my door. Calling from a post overlooking a busy cycle track it hadn't been noticed by anybody else. Owls like many species of predator can be mobbed by their prey species. In an attempt to avoid unwanted attention young owls keep their eyes closed. This safety mechanism was also adopted for me.


Please note the barbed wire might look like its passing through the owls head but I assure you that they have a good depth of fluff on top!

  Wildlife Painting: Short-eared owl, Asio flammeus by Martin Ridley
  Hunting Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus
Oils, 18 x 22 inches
  Wildlife Picture: hunting barn owl, Tyto alba
  Hunting Barn Owl, Tyto alba
Oils, 16 x 12 inches
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  Wildlife Art :Young little owls
Young Little Owls
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  Wildlife Art : Barn Owl, Tyto alba by Martin Ridley
  Barn Owl and Teasels, Tyto alba
Oils, 16 x 20 inches
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Barn owl prints

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  Wildlife Art : Little Owl, Athene noctua by Martin Ridley
  Little Owl, Athene noctua
Oils, 20 x 16 inches

painting of a barn owl hovering above a marsh by Martin Ridley. Available as a greetings card
Hovering Barn Owl, Tyto alba
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  Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus
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