A pair of Great Horned Owls with their eyes on the Montana skyA pair of Great Horned Owls with their eyes on the Montana sky – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

TheseĀ Great Horned Owls were photographed one evening in Glacier County, Montana as they perched in an opening of an old granary. The mated pair had young in another nearby farm building that I also photographed and perhaps they were just taking a break from the owlets or soaking up the warming rays of the sun. As I photographed them I saw both Great Horned Owls turn their alert eyes to the sky and although I remember looking up into the sky myself I recall I didn’t see anything but the much keener eyes of the owls probably did. I know that there were Golden Eagles around and perhaps there was one high up that the owls were keeping an eye on.

Great Horned Owls begin nesting early in the season and I wonder if these owls will breed soon.

Mia

I photographed this pair of Great Horned Owls in June of 2009