Got to the Bob Heirman Reserve "bright" and early, about 7AM, to be ready for the Swan Flyout. Andreas and I were getting set up at 7:10AM when the first birds flew out. Say what? They NEVER fly before 8AM, no worries, plenty left, until the next 2 dozen took off at 7:23AM , leaving but 3 birds for Vern, Olga and Jim. Very strange, tough to shoot before sunrise. I tried, but at 1/40, not good. The last 3 flew out, and here is about the best of those: NIKON D2H    ---    500mm    f/4.5    1/250s    ISO 1600 Then Olga and I walked about 500 miles :wink: around the back of the pond, and all we got for our efforts were wet feet and a bunch of birds that took off just as we were getting close enough to see them. Needless to say, not my best day at Bob Heirman. So I decided to drive some farm roads on the way home looking for other places and guess what I found? Juvenile Bald Eagle: I started walking around to the front side to catch him when he took off, and, wouldn't you know it, he took off before I got there. I have enough Eagle Butt Shots, didn't need anymore. But then this guy shows up right in front of me: American Robin, spring must be here: Weather held nicely for us, we even had sun. This all shows me that perserverance is the key.