Hi all: I've finally gotten around to processing most of my photos from the annual trip to Ely, MN. Last year I had just purchased my D70 and armed myself with a 70-300ED and the 18-70 kit lens. I've learned quite a bit from that first outing and taking pictures of anything while on a moving boat was mediocre at best. With 4 little ones, I only get away from the house once a year and I bought myself the 70-200VR and TC17 along with the 17-55DX and was determined to make the best of what I had learned. I was looking for Eagles but these are what I found. Please feel free to give me tips, etc....I want to do better next year. Here is a merganser......very interesting looking fellow My first osprey A Turkey Vulture First GBH Hard to meter Loon All taken with the 70-200VR and TC17 all the way to 340mm. These are around 50% crops. I do notice some image degradation using this combination but it does sharpen up nice. I was disappointed in the amount of keepers, but I chalk it up to needing more practice. It is hit or miss with the birds in flight as I was fighting the sun's direction most of the time as well as the rocking boat and a 3 year old :lol: . I really went looking for Eagles and found one the last day, but nothing worthy of keeping For that bird, I would have needed a much longer lens. Thanks for viewing these......it's back to the old birdfeeder now.