Great Horned Owl chicks in hawthorn
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
This is the image that launched our business.
Taken just at dusk, these Great Horned Owlets had just ventured out on the branches of the hawthorn tree that evening. Their nest was deep in the tree, which is just a few yards from the front door to the Visitor's Center at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeastern Oregon.
We took what shots we could, given the poor light, promising that we would come back the next morning. However, when we arrived early the next morning in the beautiful light, the owlets had fledged!
That was over ten years ago and so far, the Great Horned Owls have not tested in the hawthorn tree again. In fact, every year since, they have nested in the top of a water tower above the headquarters. You can only see them with binoculars.
The image has proven to be a popular one and we keep it in our portfolio with fondness. It is available in only limited sizes (darn that shutter speed!).