Great Horned Owls are called many names, a few of them are Hoot Owl, Tiger Owl, Cat Owl and Winged Tiger. My favorite name for Great Horned Owls is “The Tiger of the Sky” and it is very descriptive of this large, fierce owl. While the Great Gray Owl is North America’s largest owl, the Great Horned Owl may well be the fiercest owl. Great Horned Owls are apex predators, meaning that as adults they are not preyed upon. I know I don’t want to have those large talons take a chunk out of me.
I spotted this Great Horned Owl yesterday on Antelope Island State Park and it was an unexpected delight. I only had a few minutes with the owl because another car came along and I suspect that two vehicles made it uncomfortable enough to fly away.
Some photographers may not have taken the image because the owl was perched in a Tamarisk, an invasive shrub also known as Salt Cedar but I figure the owl didn’t care if it was invasive or not so I shouldn’t either. Besides; the autumn colors of the Tamarisk complimented the owl’s coloration very nicely.
It was the second time this week that I have found a Great Horned Owl in unexpected locations, I’ll be keeping a look out for them again in the future.