Female Great Horned Owl in Montana

Great Horned Owl female in a granary windowGreat Horned Owl female in a granary window – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I love the combination of owls and old wooden buildings such as barns or granaries so when I get a chance to photograph them in that type of setting I jump at the opportunity. This female Great Horned Owl was resting at the opening of an old granary in Glacier County, Montana when I photographed her. I especially enjoy how her ear tufts are clearly visible, the great eye contact and the lovely view of her back.

Owls are a favorite subject for me anywhere I find them.


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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. Thanks for your comments Susan, Bob, Jane and Sherry. This Great Horned Owl was fun to photograph!

  2. I love that you can see both her face and the lovely patterns she has on her back at the same time!

  3. Jane Chesebrough

    I like the rusty brown highlights.Great shot of a beautiful bird.

  4. Perfect shot, Mia! Love the details in her feathers and the wood grain.

  5. I love her, she look like a statuette, well done Mia.

  6. Wonderful post and photo Mia:)

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