I have never viewed an owl in the wild but I find them to be sort of fascinating and hence I have decided to try to find and photograph some. I was partly inspired by some great photos by Art Wolfe and also on Don Baccus's web page. My question has two parts: First, does anyone have any advice on locating owls? They are supposedly everywhere (primarily Great Horned Owls, Barn Owls, and Barred Owls here in the NE). Recently a friend saw one sleeping on a telephone pole near the road (though I would prefer trees as a background). What are the best kinds of areas, times of day, and times of year? Second, once I locate a subject, what is a good approach to photographing it without disturbing it? Do I need to setup a blind and return the next day or can I get away without? How close can I approach without disturbing it (during the day I'm guessing that it will be sleepy)? What is the shortest focal length that is likely to be usable? Are there any secrets? Thanks for the help!