My Current Kit
Let me start off this section by saying wildlife photography is my passion but it is not my full time job. As such, my gear will not represent what a professional photographer may use but hopefully anyone starting out can use this as a way to judge potential gear for themselves
My main body is my trusty Canon 7D. I know it's old and the autofocus is outdated but what can I say, I love the old girl and I can always depend on her when the going gets tough. 18 megapixel is plenty for the size of images I print and I use manual focus most of the time so unless I'm shooting birds in flight I rarely feel like I need an upgrade. I'm sure I will upgrade soon and when I do I will more than likely go for the 7D MK2.
My second body is a Sony A6000. I mainly picked up this camera to see what all the fuss was about with these mirrorless systems. The image quality is amazing but the size of the body makes it feel a little toy like in my hand. I may use it in the future to vlog but its just as likely that I'll sell it.
Main Wildlife Lens - Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Secondary Lens - Canon 70-200 f/4
Kit Lens - Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony Lens - Sony 16-50 f3.5-5.6 OSS
Adapted Macro - Yashica 55mm 2.8 (Flea Market find just for fun)
Adapter - Sigma mc-11 (works for aperture on the a6000 but pretty much stuck with manual focus)
My main tripod is an AmazonBasics 63-Inch Lightweight Aluminum Travel Tripod/Monopod with Bag.
I really like this tripod but I havent had the luxury of using something like a Really Right Stuff or any high end tripod so I can't really compare
Anyone who has spent time trying to photograph wild animals can tell you that the odds are stacked against you when it comes to getting close up shots. I know there are people who will say that camouflage clothing isn't necessary but I know that it at least makes me feel better when a deer or other animal is looking my direction
Another piece of gear that can be extremely useful for easily startled animals is a pop up hunting blind. These blind set up and take down in seconds and can conceal almost all of your movements from sharp eyed wildlife. i would recommend setting up your blind a few days in advance if possible to give the animals a chance to acclimate to the new object in their area. My personal pop up blind is an Ameristep Outhouse and it can be bought new for around $60