Great Horned Owl pairGreat Horned Owl pair – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

This mated pair of Great Horned Owls were resting in the opening of an old granary in Glacier County, Montana when I photographed them in June of 2009.  The male is on the left and the female on the right and their fledglings were most likely inside the granary.

Though I normally prefer birds in natural settings there is some thing about owls and old, weathered wood that I find visually appealing despite the “hand of man” in this frame.