Great Horned Owl in a blizzard

Great Horned Owl in a blizzardGreat Horned Owl in a blizzard – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/160, ISO 1600, +1.0, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Almost three years ago I photographed this adult Great Horned Owl in a blizzard near the entrance to Antelope Island State Park. It was November 10, 2012 and even though the light was crappy I wanted to try and get Bison images in falling snow and I accomplished that so the owl was just icing on the cake or more appropriately, snow on the valley floor.

I am not sure why this owls eyes look orange rather than the lemony yellow I have seen in other Great Horned Owls in North America, the color here reminds me of the European Eagle Owl’s eye color but their plumage is different.

There are clouds here again this morning and probably some falling snow up in the mountains but I haven’t seen any snow near where I live. It might be yet another day at home instead of a morning out in the field. My bird photography addiction is making my fingers twitch.

I want snow. I want birds in my viewfinder. I want to be out shooting!

Life is good.

Mia

11 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover November 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Love this image of resolution. On my iPad the eyes don’t look dark enough to compare with the Eagle Owls they have in the Hogle zoo birdshows but agree they are darker than usual.

  2. Elephant's Child November 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Wow. What a bird.

  3. Steve Grobschmidt November 6, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Amazing, beautiful photo.

    It also makes me anxious for the first snowfall.

  4. Lois Bryan November 6, 2015 at 7:43 am

    fabulous image!!!!!!!

  5. QUEYRIE Martial November 6, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Très belle image…j’aime beaucoup la lumière hivernale avec la neige en cadeau ! Great shot !

  6. Patty Chadwick November 6, 2015 at 6:58 am

    That is NOT a happy looking fellow! Looks like he hasn’t had breakfast yet…certainly not his morning cup of coffee. It is a wonderful shot, though…Funny,I was goung to ask you why some GHO’s have yellow eyes and some have amber, almost orange….can’t remember my owl’s eyes, but I don’t remember as orange.

  7. Roger Burnard November 6, 2015 at 6:53 am

    IMPRESSIVE IMAGE MIA… THROUGH THE YEARS YOU HAVE CAPTURED
    MANY VERY FINE IMAGES. I HOPE YOU HAVE MANY MORE YEARS OF
    CAPTURING THE WONDER, AND BEAUTY OF NATURE..

    I MUST COMPLEMENT YOU TOO ON THE QUALITY YOU GOT OUT OF
    YOUR D300, SHOT AT ISO 1600… WELL DONE.

    BY THE WAY, WHEN I TYPE IN CAPS I’M “NOT SHOUTING” AT YOU… IT’S
    JUST THE WAY I DO THINGS… BEING A LITTLE WEIRD SEEMS TO GO
    ALONG WITH BEING 81… HA.

    • Patty Chadwick November 6, 2015 at 7:00 am

      You’re just a child…i’ve got two years on you…..

  8. Nancy Collins November 6, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Simply beautiful!

  9. Liz Cormack November 6, 2015 at 6:35 am

    The owl looks disgruntled & wondering if you had brought the snow. Great shot!

  10. Bob Mcpherson November 6, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Beautiful Image Mia. The owl is certainly majestic.

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