I was going to process some photos from last evening when I finished with my client today about 1830h, but I had the idea to go out and see my little friends again. What with checking e-mail and a few other things, I only got out around 1930h, a short time before sunset. Today was more overcast, the sun mostly hidden as it dropped down to the horizon. A higher ISO would be in order for any real shutter speed, and so I jumped it to ISO400, and began my slow walk over to see the lairs of the burrowing owls. A number of interesting photos ensued, some in flowered fields, others at the burrows, but one looked as though it would hold real promise, even viewed on the LCD of my camera. I could only hope that my hands were steady enough, as the shot was made quite close to the bird, and I was struggling with the weight of the camera and lens after a long day (including a photo shoot in the facility I was working with). But my little model was being so cooperative today, letting me within perhaps six feet distance, so I kept my hopes high. It seemed to turn out not too badly, I think. But I did have great material at hand to work with... D100, 200-400mm AFS/VR with TC14EII (net 550mm), ISO400, f/5.6, 1/125s, slightly cropped for composition, processed in NC Burrowing Owl, Odessa, TX Always shoot. John P.