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I'm just starting to get into more serious bird and wildlife photography and I'm curious as to what some of you more experienced wildlife photographers use in the way of camouflage clothing/other gear.
So far I have only a piece of 8 x 12 camouflage burlap, which I put over myself and the camera when I am stationary. It's obviously not the kind of thing you would walk around with.
So, first question: do you find camouflage clothing (including hats or hoods, etc.) generally lets you get closer to the birds and critters? I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences in the field, perhaps with and without camo clothing. Also, is camo clothing effective enough, or do you also bring along some kind of portable blind (my burlap cloth being one simple and cheap option along those lines)?
Next question -- I have a new 500mm lens, which is rather large, and I notice that many experienced people put a camouflage cover over large lenses such as this. Aside from protecting the lens, which is one very good reason to do it, do you think it makes a difference having a camouflaged lens poking out from a blind as opposed to a big white lens?
Sorry if these are really stupid questions, and I appreciate any tips you might want to offer.