I was in California about a week ago visiting relatives, and I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours trying to photograph flying seabirds at La Jolla Cove. This was my first attempt at shooting birds in flight, and although the subjects were not as exotic as many of the experts here have been posting, I found the experience instructional. I learned a bit about my D2X while trying out different focus modes, metering and exposure compensation in situations unlike those that I am more familiar with. Going fishing ... Flying in formation ... but there is alway one joker in every family! Well this gull was not flying, just surveying his domain ... A Shearwater I think, can anyone confirm? All photos were taken with a 70-200 VR on my D2X using a TC-17E on all but the third. A monopod was used for the first two, and the others were hand held. I came away with a few ok shots, and a new respect for those of you who practice this type of nature photography on a regular basis. I have been shooting sports for most of my life, and rarely have I had to react so rapidly to changing conditions or track small subjects that move as fast.