Great Horned Owl, Male (Left) and Female (Right), (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

American Gothic

American Gothic


Great Horned Owl, Male (Left) and Female (Right), (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in post: American Gothic

Great Horned Owl, Male (Left) and Female (Right)


Before Grant Wood painted American Gothic there was another famous couple.

If you were fortunate, you might have heard them calling to each other after sunset.

In this photo, there are some notable differences.

First, he’s on the left (instead of on the right as in the painting) and she’s on the right.

Second, male owls are smaller than females.

And finally, he’s not holding a pitchfork because, well, Great Horned Owls don’t need such tools.

Otherwise, they appear as happy as the couple in the painting.

Owls can be difficult to find because they hide well in trees during the day. And then they fly silently after dark.

So this is a rare view of this magnificent bird.

Much success,

Steve Kaye


Birding Resources

I took this photo at the Casa de San Pedro B&B – www.bedandbirds.com

Great Book about Owls: Owls, by Marianne Taylor

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1Comment
  • Mary Joseph
    Posted at 10:08h, 04 September

    Hey, Steve, I hope you can make it. Unfortunately Claremont is a bit of a trek from here. I should really go back to watching for a talk that I could make it to.

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