A young Great Horned Owl is a Tiger of the Sky in the making

A young Great Horned Owl is a Tiger of the Sky in the makingA young Great Horned Owl is a Tiger of the Sky in the making

I love the descriptive name “Tiger of the Sky” when referring to Great Horned Owls, they are fierce, fearless and ferocious and the young owl in the image above is a ‘Tiger in the Sky” in the making. It might look cute and cuddly at this age but even at this age they have a bit of the tiger in them. They will grow up to take prey that weighs up to three times as much as they weigh which includes porcupines, skunks and marmots and prey as small as earthworms, scorpions and centipedes. If it moves and isn’t a large mammal it is likely prey for the Tigers of the Sky.

This young owl was photographed outside of an old granary in Glacier County, Montana where is was warming up the light of the morning sun.


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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. what a beauty he is … perfect shot, Mia … wonderful light and detail!!!!

  2. Mia, a very striking photo and I love the term Tiger of the Sky! They are gorgeous birds!

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    What a gift. I have to send a special gift because your post today gave me the motif for a haiku that I think will be appreciated once submitted for publication. MANY THANKS.
    You certainly captured the Tiger… the minute I opened the frame I could feel everything about it. Your photos are worth millions of words. In gratitude, Merrill

  4. Love the owl, love the camoflague of the barn. Love tigers. So, unsurprisingly, love this post. Thank you.

  5. Again, Thanks. Great picture.

  6. What a beautiful shot, Mia. The colors are so soft and almost pastel. You can see the intensity in his expression.

  7. Love the similar colors and contrasting textures of the soft feathers of the young bird and the weathered, old barn wood….Beautiful image!

  8. Really nice shot! They are definitely fierce predators.

  9. The setting suits the young bird. You are lucky with your owls seemingly being more “visible” than ours.

  10. Mia, We were at Antelope Island last week and again on Monday & Tuesday. There are 4 of them there. Two adults and two youngsters. In the Russian Olive trees behind the house. “Franklin” one of the volounteers has a 6th. sense of finding them. Found them twice for my wife. Nice man. Nice shot.

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