Great Horned Owl fledgling in a Montana granary window

Great Horned Owl fledgling in Glacier County, MontanaGreat Horned Owl fledgling in Glacier County, Montana – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 272mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Currently throughout the breeding range of Great Horned Owls the owls have either begun to nest or have nested already. Great Horned Owls have a large range and are found in the U.S., Canada and Central America. Great Horned Owls can begin breeding as early as November in Florida and as late as May in the most northern part of their range.

This fledgling Great Horned Owl was photographed in the month of June in Glacier County, Montana in the window of an old granary, the strong winds in northern Montana have pushed the granary to a slant. Even at this young age the horns of the owlet were visible. Looking at this young Great Horned Owl I can visualize what it will look like as an adult and earns the nickname “Tiger of the Sky”.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Outstanding image, Mia!

  2. Super photograph! We’re hearing a lot of owls (Barred and Great Horned) early in the mornings but finding them (so far) has been a challenge.

  3. Love the picrure keep the owls coming.

  4. Gorgeous image Mia! The light, the composition and of course, the Great Horned Owl, still with some of that cute owlet fuzz on its head!

  5. Excellent capture! I love the wood panels and window framing the beautiful owl.

  6. What beautiful light and plumage!

  7. Beautiful image of the Great Horned Owl.

  8. Neat find, Mia! Love the way it’s sitting in the window frame.

  9. What a lovely image Mia! They are cute buggers but mighty hunters for sure!

  10. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Textures and patterns… the envy of artists everywhere…. What an absolutely perfect photograph this is!!! We not only have been given the gift of your wonderful artist’s eye… but so many great facts and information about the species that can’t be found in most guide books. Mia you surely are a national treasure! We are all in your debt.

  11. Great photo! The wood and the window offer an excellent background.

  12. Oh, Mia! That is so beautiful!!!

  13. Very cool sighting! Lucky you!

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