The Spotted Owl is a bird I had been trying to locate unsuccessfully for at least 4 or 5 years. The main reason being their numbers have decreased dramatically, so tracking one down is like finding a needle in a haystack. Additionally, they're of significant conservation concern and prone to disturbance, so nobody really shares known locations of these guys. Well, finally the opportunity presented itself thanks to some intel from a friend. I didn't have to travel far, he was hanging out in the San Bernardino National Forest. What a fantastic experience!