Quick trip down to the Gulf Coast right now, and I made a fast drive over to the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge at sunset. Middling luck with shooting birds, but as I stalked a lesser bittern near to the marsh, I looked over a little to my right and spotted better shooting... ... although it's questionable which of us saw the other as prey tonight. Naturally, once I'd spotted this little critter, I wanted a closeup shot. Hmmm... I do wonder how far a three or foot long cottonmouth can lunge towards me ? Ah, well, I'm almost at the minimum shooting distance for this lens now. No, no, that's not quite in focus, and the snake's moving towards me. Hurm... maybe, maybe just a half step back. Click ! D200, 200-400mm AFS/VR, processed in NC, small crop for composition and copyright in PS-CS2 Great great fun. Always shoot - even when they bite ! John P.