Here in New England, I have my 500 with 1.4 tc on the camera all the time - and I still am too far away most of the time. I was very happy to see Uncle Frank's post on an egret rookery in Palo Alto, CA. He posted images about a month before my wife and I were to visit him for his graduation from Stanford. I brought a 300, a 70-200, and an 18-200 (for family shots) with me on the plane. I only had an hour, and the light was harsh, but I really enjoyed the place. Why? - because this was the first time I was close to egrets and herons. I am usually so jealous when I read about the February Florida trips. Here are a few. The composition in many shots I took was poor. I usually focus with the center point and then crop. Here, I was too close too crop. A new problem. :smile: Below are two snowy egrets and two black-crowned night herons. Oh, and by the way, thanks Frank.