Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
..Another reason to use a long lens is to prevent wildlife from becoming too accustomed to human presence...
That's probably the best point made. Getting close is important, but getting too close can be not such a good thing. Of course its rare that I'm too close to my subjects.

Leonard Lee Rue is a great place to look for equipment. I can vouch for the Groofwin Pod, its really nice for when you can shoot from your car.