Great Horned Owl fledgling in a Montana granary window

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Great Horned Owl fledgling in Glacier County, MontanaGreat Horned Owl fledgling in Glacier County, Montana – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 272mm, natural light, not baited or called in

This fledgling Great Horned Owl was photographed in the month of June in Glacier County, Montana in the window of an old granary, the strong winds in northern Montana have pushed the granary to a slant. Even at this young age the horns of the owlet were visible. Looking at this young Great Horned Owl I can visualize what it will look like as an adult and earns the nickname “Tiger of the Sky”.

Currently throughout the breeding range of Great Horned Owls the owls have either begun to nest or have nested already. Great Horned Owls have a large range and are found in the U.S., Canada and Central America. Great Horned Owls can begin breeding as early as November in Florida and as late as May in the most northern part of their range.

Life is good.



  1. Sally Wood February 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Outstanding image, Mia!

    • Mia McPherson February 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you Sally, I love those Owls.

  2. Wally February 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Super photograph! We’re hearing a lot of owls (Barred and Great Horned) early in the mornings but finding them (so far) has been a challenge.

    • Mia McPherson February 4, 2013 at 6:44 am

      I hope you find the owls soon Wally! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Lauren February 3, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Love the picrure keep the owls coming.

  4. Larry Jordan February 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Gorgeous image Mia! The light, the composition and of course, the Great Horned Owl, still with some of that cute owlet fuzz on its head!

    • Mia McPherson February 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

      Don’t you just love that owlet fuzz Larry! I know I do. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Laurence Butler February 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Gorgeous shot Mia!

  6. Julie G. February 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Excellent capture! I love the wood panels and window framing the beautiful owl.

    • Mia McPherson February 4, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Thanks Julie, I love all the old wood too.

  7. M. Firpi February 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    What beautiful light and plumage!

  8. Bob Bushell February 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Beautiful image of the Great Horned Owl.

    • Mia McPherson February 4, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Thanks Bob, I do love the owls.

  9. Tami Vogel (@_CabinGirl) February 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Neat find, Mia! Love the way it’s sitting in the window frame.

  10. Sherry in MT February 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    What a lovely image Mia! They are cute buggers but mighty hunters for sure!

  11. Merrill Ann Gonzales February 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Textures and patterns… the envy of artists everywhere…. What an absolutely perfect photograph this is!!! We not only have been given the gift of your wonderful artist’s eye… but so many great facts and information about the species that can’t be found in most guide books. Mia you surely are a national treasure! We are all in your debt.

    • Mia McPherson February 4, 2013 at 6:39 am

      Thank you Merrill, I am humbled by your words.

  12. Sam Brunson February 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Great photo! The wood and the window offer an excellent background.

    • Mia McPherson February 4, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Thanks Sam, old wood; even though it is the hand of man, makes for a gorgeous setting for owl images.

  13. judy watson February 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Oh, Mia! That is so beautiful!!!

  14. Eileen February 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Very cool sighting! Lucky you!

  15. John Randall February 2, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Amazing portrait Mia !

    • Mia McPherson February 4, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Thank you John, these fledglings won my heart.

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