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: <p> 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? <p> 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? <p> Thanks for the help!