Portrait of a Great Horned Owl Chick in a Hay Barn

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Great Horned Owl chick in a hay barnGreat Horned Owl chick in a hay barn – Nikon D810, f8, 1/250, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Normally I’d prefer that my bird images were taken in natural locations, in natural light without visible reminders of the “hand of man” but I feel like I must remember that birds are creatures of free will, that they go where ever they want to and that many species will take advantage of nest boxes built and provided by humans.

This portrait of a Great Horned Owl chick in a hay barn might not have been taken in the most aesthetically pleasing location but I don’t think the owlet gives a hoot about the rusty iron beams and corrugated metal walls. Because the adult owls used the man made nest box this owlet has had a safe, dry location while it learns to use its wings and will grow up to become one of the most powerful predators of the sky.

The setting might not be perfect but I couldn’t stop myself from taking images of this young Great Horned Owl with its large, lemony yellow eyes, tiny ear tufts and super fluffy looking plumage. How could I resist photographing such a regal looking creature?

Life is good.



  1. suzanne Mcdougal May 21, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    That is one fashion savvy owlet. Everyone comes to my neighborhood so they can have their pictures taken with corrugated metal and rust. He/she could be on the cover of ” Urban Owl-fitters”. Great Job like always.

  2. Liv May 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    THIS. IS. AMAZING!!!! And cute

  3. Molly Iris May 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I know it makes no logical sense, but the mammal in me just wants to hug, hug, hug this fuzzy creature!!

  4. Elephant's Child May 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    What an absolute charmer. Who adorns anywhere he/she chooses to be.

  5. Brian White May 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Amazing creatures! I think owls are so neat. Great photography Mia! Beautiful!

  6. Patty Chadwick May 20, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Boy! That beautiful speckled baby sure brings back memories! I LOVE it!!!

  7. Bob McPherson May 20, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Powerful photo, Mia. Love your Owl Shots

  8. Kim May 20, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Awwww! Love this!

  9. Liz Cormack May 20, 2016 at 6:22 am

    No wonder you have a passion for owls. Great photo….regardless of the background.

  10. Roger Burnard May 20, 2016 at 6:14 am

    How ever do you manage to find all these great subjects??? Well done, again,
    with a great image of one of my favorite subjects. ;-)))

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