Whew.....4 hours hauling this beast around attached to a D2Xs and a monopod and I'm fairly beat. It's amazing the number of comments I got while walking around with, what my wife called, The Rig. I saw one serious Canon shooter with a similar rig....who ignored me.... and tons of folks with pro-sumer Nikon DSLR bodies and kit lenses. By the end of the day I was starting to get marginally comfortable handling the 300mm although my shoulder was getting very sore.:biggrin: This was my first attempt at shooting critters. I have a lot to learn, but it was a whole lot of fun and I can't wait to do it again. Anyway...I have about 150 shots to go through, but here are the first three I've processed. Thanks again to everyone who offered technique advice on using this monster. Your help really was invaluable!