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11-08-2015, 07:08 PM   #106
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You guys are hilarious!!
I have only owned a ff camera for a week and for wildlife I do find if I can get close it has its advantages over 1.5 cropped censor.


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You guys are hilarious!!
We aim to entertain....
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It's been a little rough in this thread.....reckon it's safe for squirrels to come back out and peek around? Has everyone checked their pellet guns at the door?


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You guys are hilarious!!
I have only owned a ff camera for a week and for wildlife I do find if I can get close it has its advantages over 1.5 cropped censor.
You did that on purpose didn't you?

I've only owned an APS-c camera for 10 years, and I find if i can get closer it has advantages, even using APS-c over an APS-c from further away, So, I'm not clear on what you're saying.

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I have only owned a ff camera for a week and for wildlife I do find if I can get close it has its advantages
Gators and Big Crocs are going to love you! Grizzlies too!

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Gators and Big Crocs are going to love you! Grizzlies too!

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Nothing like that where I live....



From 15 feet away... I'm sure it would look better if I'd only had a full frame.
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From 15 feet away...
Whether it's a big bear or an angry squirrel we have an unfair advantage Norm......ugly as we are, they are more afraid of us than we are of them.

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Whether it's a big bear or an angry squirrel we have an unfair advantage Norm......ugly as we are, they are more afraid of us than we are of them.

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This was just a little guy, a little bigger than my dog. Ok, probably 120 pounds but still, not very big.
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I've been that close to black bears more than once in the years I was in Alaska. It's reasonably safe. Nothing is assured, of course, but for someone who lives in, and knows that environment it's not reckless to get that close.
I envy you, Norm.
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I've been that close to black bears more than once in the years I was in Alaska. It's reasonably safe. Nothing is assured, of course, but for someone who lives in, and knows that environment it's not reckless to get that close.
I envy you, Norm.
Honestly, that was my first black bear I've seen in the park. My other images were taken up at the dump. So, don't envy me too much. Tess and I went back the next day and we saw nothing. After 35 years spending at least 2 weeks a year in the park and often as much as 40 days a summer in wilderness, I was owed.
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Honestly, that was my first black bear I've seen in the park.
There must be a misconception by many like me way down here in the far Southwest that anywhere north of the Canadian border bears are just everywhere? I've always thought of it that way....so I've been wrong?
I know people think of Texas as covered with oil wells, and lately, with all the drilling in the last few years that assumption is more correct than not...but it hasn't always been that way.

I'd like to take a visit up your way Norm, and though unlikely, it is something still on my list of things I'd like to do and see. The shots in your area are gorgeous......of course it would have to be in the summer months for me!

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There must be a misconception by many like me way down here in the far Southwest that anywhere north of the Canadian border bears are just everywhere? I've always thought of it that way....so I've been wrong?
Bears are everywhere. But you have to remember, a bear may cover 40km a day foraging ( marathon for us.), and each bear protects his own territory. As well, they hear and smell us coming and stay out of sight. Where I live, is heavily hunted. A portion of the 10 million people who live in the greater Toronto area, this is the closest place they can hunt bear, so they come up here in droves. We see bear scat all the time, we see their footprints, occasionally we see then in our yard. But a guy illegally set up a baiting station a mile from our house and 6 bears were shot there. With the wolves and bears, we rarely see them, but we see their scat and track, so we know they are there and they know we are here, they time their walks so they don't bump into us when we are on ours. But to my mind, bringing people from out of the area to shoot the animals that frequent our back yard is criminal. If the locals hunt them for food that's one thing, they've done that for hundreds of years, but guys who drive hundreds of mile just to shoot stuff, that's something else.
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But to my mind, bringing people from out of the area to shoot the animals that frequent our back yard is criminal. If the locals hunt them for food that's one thing, they've done that for hundreds of years, but guys who drive hundreds of mile just to shoot stuff, that's something else.
I agree completely. I could get carried away on this subject ...but won't. Thanks for the informative education on the bears in your area. I will view them in a different manner now. They seem to be a lot like other wild animals.......which is not surprising, I should have known that. I can open the door and go into the back yard and there are squirrels everywhere.........yet if Mrs Rupert steps outside, there won't be a squirrel in sight. Animals learn quickly.

I didn't know about the wolves in your area? Ever get a shot of one? They are probably more elusive than the bears?

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I didn't know about the wolves in your area? Ever get a shot of one? They are probably more elusive than the bears?
We see their back ends disappearing into the bush sometimes, and we know there are 7 in the pack because we see their tracks from time to time, but not close enough to get a picture. We had one real opportunity, one was back among some trees, Tripper stopped and pointed his nose at him in his border collie crouch, maybe 30 yards from us. He stared at us, we stared at him, then he moved off, of course, we didn't have a camera that day. The bears and foxes will walk right through our yard, the wolves never come closer than about 50 meters. They do walk on the trails we make though. That is usually when we see them.

We can tell when they're close because the dogs stay so close to us we trip on them.

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We see their back ends disappearing into the bush sometimes, and we know there are 7 in the pack
That's an exciting area where you live Norm, I think I'd really like the wildlife there. I enjoy the wildlife here, the squirrels, possums, armadillos, and raccoons, but they are hardly wild when they line up at the back door for dinner!


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