. . . so be nice. My neighbor was being harassed by a blue-jay (I hope it's a blue-jay or blue bird - I'm no bird man) and I was fortunate enough to be around to capture the action. This bird was WAY up in a tree - I had the 300 f4 IS + 1.4 TC hand held and STILL needed to crop more than 60% of the shot to get what you see below. Now I know why you folks use 500+1.4! I know I have a LONG way to go but at least I got a few sharp ones. The second shot here is soft but I just loved the implied action of the wings. I used ISO at 800 to keep the shutter high and kept it at f8 since I was worried about DOF wide open at 5.6. I have MUCH admiration for you bird photogs - It's literally a pain in the neck looking way up in a tree with a long lens on. I was happy that I was able to spot the bird after looking through the VF. :lol: Criticisms and comments welcome. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) View attachment 9534 BTW, 8x11 prints are actually excellent after cropping almost 70% of the pixels away. Fred Miranda's resize action was a HUGE help (it's his new camera specific actions).