What does it take to film wildlife in their natural habitat?

by OBDK on January 29, 2021

Ever wonder what it takes to film wildlife in their natural habitat?

Alan Lacy knows and he takes you on the journey with him in his youtube series, Filming the Wild


Alan Lacy is an award winning filmmaker. His first film, “Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest” has been screened internationally. He inspires people to fall in love with nature and the wildlife within it. 


Check out his video, Filming Baby Owls! Behind the Scenes of Wildlife Filmmaking here.


He takes you through the process of filming burrowing owls. You’ll learn about the preparation it takes to film, how researchers capture burrowing owls and record measurements, about artificial burrowing systems that burrowing owls use due to a lack of natural options, and more. 

Burrowing Owls are so named because they burrow under the ground, instead of building their nests high up in trees. One noticeable difference in these birds is that their legs are much longer than other owls, as they run along the ground as well as fly to hunt for prey. 


They can be found in open areas like grasslands or prairies and tend to be active during the day. They face threats from loss of habitat and a lack of natural areas for them to burrow.1

Check out the process of filming Burrowing Owls

Sources & Further Reading:

  1. https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/burrowing-owl