Hooters – Great Horned Owls
Limited Edition of 200, 21″ x 29″ - $170.00
Open Edition 10″ x 13″ – $40.00
The utterance of the Great Horned Owl is best described as a hoot. The call of the male is shorter than that of the female. The male call is four or five notes; whereas, that of the female is six to eight. The female announces her sex by hooting her longer call. Often a male and female enter into a duet suggesting there are many when really there are only two.
In the composition, “Hooters,” two owls discover each other by hooting their different calls. When they engage in courtship, the sounds of their calls resonate as the night darkness deepens. As the sky lightens, the calls cease, but the owls are close to one another perched high on heavy branches. Sighting these large birds becomes easier in the fall once the deciduous trees drop their leaves. Winter observations are more difficult because of the protective cover provided by thick evergreens. According to Kerri Savage of the Science Alberta Foundation, members of the Alberta government asked children to choose a bird to represent the province. As a result, the Great Horned Owl became Alberta’s official provincial bird.