First...a few things: A) I apologize for the white background...it was so hazy that it pretty much looked like this and in order to open up the detail on the birds and not get a ton of noise at ISO 500 I had to up the EV... TThey are still a bit noisy but if I'd upped the ERV anymore, I wouldn't have had sufficient shuttr speed...it was marginal even at 1/1250! These were shot with the D2X~500 AFS and no TC. B) I am hooked on shooting these beautiful little birds and can't wait to have a sunny, blue sky day in order to shoot these at a reasonable ISO and have a blue background! C) I tried to concentrate on the males but there certainly aren't as many of them as females. Maybe the guys have more than one girlfriend?