- Jun 12 6:59 pm
Quite a few birding guides give directions to the general locations where owls can be found. This is a far cry though from actually finding them. The South Okanagan is great place for owls, but you should be able to find plenty around Vernon too.
If you are new to birding and are really serious about getting some good video of owls you will need to do your homework. The best way to find them is pick your favourite areas and just get out there and start listening and looking. Bring a flashlight or spotlight as long as it is not one of those bazillion watt ones, the owls don't really care much as long as you don't get too carried away, then they will just fly away.
It will be a long time probably until you find one unless you get lucky. Some owls are easier to find than others. No doubt there are Great Horned Owls in your area. If you do find one and it happens to be around the nest of one of these guys, I would be very careful, they defend the nest fiercely and more than one photographer has been more or less scalped because they got too close.
There is no short cut that can be ethically sound. The only way to responsibly shoot an owl is to find out everything you can about the species you want to shoot so that you can make sure that you will not disturb it. Get involved with your local birding community and you will learn a lot.
Even experienced birders which are not familiar with an area are unlikely to find them, so start looking around at night in likely areas. There are many books and online info to help you learn their life habits, which is the first step to finding them.
And when you get that far, even the pros may take hours or even days and weeks to set up for a video shoot without disturbing anything. Owls have habits. Just tell the local expert who is a part of the birding community there if you find something special like a nest.
There are many photogenic owls in your area, and many local experts who will be happy to help you once they figure out you are sincere and ethically sound photog. But I doubt you will need your camera this year.
"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. "
US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis 1928