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Thanks again. That is definitely good advice. The "gunny sacks" sound like a more durable "gilly suit".
What you say reminds me that "critters" are very good at detecting changes in their environment. Thus I understand that the better one can "fit in" and not announce your presence loudly or visually or by detectable motion or by scent, the more likely one is to be successful. That they respond not so much to the barn being red as they do to the "barn" being different and certainly alert to anything that is changing (moving noticeably, glares in the sun light, etc).
I've definitely got a lot to learn on this, but some of it will most likely come back from my days doing some hunting and a bit of tracking. No where near your 55 years, though.
And most of that was in different types forest areas, than where I am now days. The immediate areas this summer for wildlife photo treks are going to be in areas with less dense cover, like tidal marsh areas and lightly forested park areas.
Then it's back to the eastern bird migration route areas this fall, like Hawk Mountain, PA. And this time I will have the "big lens" with me. So far I did ok for my first trip up there with the 500. Found a pair of Golden Eagles (1/2 to 1 mile away, though) and Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures which were much closer.
But for the summer, I will not have very much cover to work with moving around. I'd figured to compensate by investing the time to scout for likely specific locations carrying only a lighter camera rig. Then when I go back with the big lens I would be working on "blending in" & being patient. I figure the "critters" will be sure to let me when I get it wrong. So all the suggestions I get here will reduce the teaching time for them.
I appreciate the helpful suggestions.
Edited on Jun 29, 2008 at 04:55 PM