If you walk around with a big pack, second camera, and vest full of stuff you are a ‘photo nerd’, even in the boonies.
I did carry all that, and almost still do. The difference is a keep it in a sling in the car (if the car is in sight or safe).
Below is why I went back to having a second camera handy.
All these images were taken between 75 mm – 130 mm . Pretty much a portrait lens. My usual long lens will not shoot closer than 150 mm. These were not in focus on that lens. I was much too close. A feeding situation with 30 – 50 Alligators only happens maybe once a year, so missing the opportunity is not good.
These Alligators were feeding, and arguing, just off the bank of a marsh dike. I stood on the dike a little above (6 – 8 feet) and out of reach.
Almost makes me want a smaller mirrorless camera as backup. Ellen (PassingByPhoto.com) uses a Sony with several portrait lens. For now I’ll keep a older Canon DSLR, I know how to use it.