A pair of Great Horned Owls in Montana

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Great Horned Owl pairGreat Horned Owl pair – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

This mated pair of Great Horned Owls were resting in the opening of an old granary in Glacier County, Montana when I photographed them in June of 2009.  The male is on the left and the female on the right and their fledglings were most likely inside the granary.

Though I normally prefer birds in natural settings there is some thing about owls and old, weathered wood that I find visually appealing despite the “hand of man” in this frame.



  1. Rohrerbot March 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I just find Great Horned Owls perfect for any setting. Such wonderful birds:)

  2. Sally Wood March 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

    The owl on the left has such a great look on it’s face! The open barn window frames them nicely and it’s good they have that structure for shelter. They really are amazing creatures. Great shot Mia!

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      They are amazing creatures sally, thanks for commenting.

  3. Julie Brown March 1, 2013 at 3:57 am

    this really is a wonderful portrait. The window opening and the textured wood complement the animals well. They look very peaceful and content.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you Julie, they do look content.

  4. Seagullsteve February 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Picture perfect.

  5. Merrill Ann Gonzales February 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Hi, Mia, I have a feeling that the owls don’t mind the man made structure at all! 🙂 What a wonderful photo… there’s something about place, history and the indominable spirit of wildlife all wrapped up here. Many thanks.

    By the way, I just received an e-mail from Bob Zeller…and it appears his e-mail has been hacked…. so if anyone gets some URGENT messages from him be careful.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Merrill, I got that email from Bob’s hacked account too and messaged him to let him know.

      Thanks for your wonderful comment on this image.

  6. eric c11 February 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    beautifull duo with recto verso position, unusual shot in your portefolio with this barn, but good idea to get it
    have a nice day mia ☼

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Eric, it is different but I do enjoy having a diverse portfolio!

  7. Julie G. February 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I think the granary wood really enhances the photograph. Terrific shot! The image is made even more interesting because of the different positioning of the owls.

  8. M. Firpi February 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    This is gorgeous, look at that head turn of the female. This could ‘t be any better!

  9. Jim February 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Wonderful composition as I think in this case the barn adds to the image story. I like how each owl is facing opposite. Excellent shot Mia.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you Jim. I think the old wood adds to the image too.

  10. Kathie February 28, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Mia, I love this pic! And I agree with you about the weathered wood. It is so photogenic!

  11. Erin Duke February 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Beautiful! I love the way their feathers closely resembles the color of the wood. I can understand why it caught your eye. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks Erin, I do love how the wood and their plumage has similar colors.

  12. azstu February 28, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Wonderful Mia

  13. Beverly Everson February 28, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I’m with you–the barn wood is a very appealing setting for the owls! Great shot!

  14. Kathleen February 28, 2013 at 6:12 am


  15. Bob Bushell February 28, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Oh, nice one Mia, I love Owls.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      I love Owls too Bob, thanks!

  16. judy watson February 28, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Beautiful owls!

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