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#1 Roderick

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:04 AM

I was out snapping birds yesterday when I met a guy coming the other way carrying a D500 on a tripod over his shoulder, with a Nikkor 500mm f4 and a x2 multiplier stuck on it.

He was a great bloke - gave me plenty of tips and told me how, recently, somebody had tried to grab his rig.  He ended up being dragged along the ground for some distance but would not let go of his camera.  They thief eventually fled the scene.

I congratulated him on his victory.

 


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:16 AM

JEEZ...!!!   Scary stuff indeed.



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:46 AM

Yeah, but we shouldn't let it put us off.

Scumbags have existed since the dawn of time. This one snuck up on his victim from behind so being aware of one's surroundings is a good move.

He said that he'd since invested in a pepper spray from Germany.



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:47 AM

Be safe Rod.  Keep your camera on a strap and have the Manfrotto monopod at the ready.  Otters - hell......that bad boy can handle more than otters.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:41 AM

I've wondered sometimes about protection, especially when out in the wilds, after sunset in the dark. Protection from animals (mountain lions and rattlesnakes in my area) and would-be thiefs. I don't think pepper spray would help me with a mountain lion!😬
Thomas Heaton just posted a video showing how he hid most of his gear in shrubbery before climbing 45 minutes up a mountain to take pictures. He was super, super isolated and at least thought about it, acknowledging the low risk of thievery. https://youtu.be/JyaaDs4ZXb4
Maybe camera gear insurance isn't a bad idea (for thieves, and accidents..don't think it's the answer for mountain lions!). Anyone have it?

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:43 PM

Those mountain lions.

And you just know that when they steal your camera they only know how to use it on Auto.... <_<

Flippancy aside, maybe an air horn would scare the lions off, or just make them angry ?  I have no idea.

Probably the most dangerous things over here are the blood sucking ticks that carry Lyme disease. Never been bitten but was chased by a bull once. :)



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Posted 03 July 2017 - 11:55 PM

I do carry bear spray, since there seems to be a lot of them about even in town thanks to all the developments wiping out the forests around me.

 

I used to worry about cougars, but then I stopped going to bars.  :P

 

Thing about wild animals, you don't need to outrun them, you just need to outrun the slowest person in your group!  :lol:


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 02:48 AM

Peter !!

I'm SHOCKED - bars, indeed !

Eh, you wouldn't by any chance have the address of any of these bars would you ?

Wise word about out running animals, - I can't remember if you're meant to run up hill or down hill if chased by a buffalo.  I guess I can work it out for myself when the time comes...

Bears ? They can out run you, out swim you and climb trees faster than you.  I've seen both "The Revenant" and "Legends Of The Fall" and they're both full of human-bear interaction tips. B)






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