Plan on bringing all your gear. You can leave some of it secured in your vehicle. It’s better to be able to run back to your car to grab something than to wish you hadn’t left it on your kitchen counter. We recommend a full-frame or crop-sensor DSLR. However, a nice point-and-shoot with a good telephoto works fine. And of course, if you’re still shooting film, that’s great too.
As with most wildlife photography, we will be working with telephoto lenses. However, you don’t have to have a huge bazooka because our wildlife will be working WITH us, not flying away from us. A telephoto in the 70-200 range is recommended. A longer focal length like a 300mm or 400mm is great. And of course, the popular new super telephoto zooms like the Nikkor 200-500 or Sigma 150-600 is an excellent choice. A macro lens in the 100mm range would be good to have for nice portraits and close-up details. If you have a flash and would like some tips and pointers on using that with wildlife, bring it. For heavier lenses like a 400mm f2.8, you’ll want a sturdy tripod and a gimbal head. But if your rig is light enough to hand-hold, or to use on a monopod, you don’t need a tripod.