Originally featured in Points West magazine in Spring 2012
Image of an immature great horned owl
Raptors make good portrait subjects. Great horned owls (bubo virginianus) are native to the Greater Yellowstone area, and in fact are the most common owl of the Americas.
This image of a fledgling was taken in 1966 along the South Fork of the Shoshone River near Cody, Wyoming. Probably about six weeks old and fresh from the nest, the owl was captured on film by Jack Richard, a Cody-area journalist and professional photographer well-represented in the digital image collection of our McCracken Research Library.
Black and white negative by Jack Richard (1909–1992). Immature great horned owl in a tree at the TE Ranch on the South Fork, 1966. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. PN.89.43.9048.1