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 Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) My first osprey Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) A Turkey Vulture Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) First GBH Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Hard to meter Loon Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) 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.