Well, I finally had a weekend with my new DSLR-A300 shooting somewhere other than my backyard! I went to my favorite photo hunting grounds - Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay Wetlands. There were some learning curve mistakes - like not realizing that settings in one mode don't carry over to another (my â€˜spotâ€™ focus set in P mode didn't carry over to M or A mode), so I rattled off about 20 burst shots that all focused on a nearby branch. The silver lining is that you CAN save different settings in each mode. That I do like. The following were all using the huge and long Tamron 200-500 F5-6.3 lens (350-750mm equiv). Here's a raccoon family - mom and three kids - marching up to me: They started 150 feet away, and by the time I got to the shot above, they were 20 feet away. Then mom stared at me as if to tell me to get out of the way. When I did, she marched right past me...I was blocking her path! Here's a closeup - this tern was only 15 feet from me. I was zoomed to 360mm (540mm equiv), with the lens stopped down to F8 for sharper detail: Here's an anhinga about 30 feet away, shot at 360mm - lens wide open for shallower depth of field, at ISO 160: A black-necked stilt, wading a good 100+ feet away, at full tele (this was one of my mistakes...when I switched modes, I didn't realize the focus was in 'multi-point' mode instead of spot...the focus actually grabbed on a small marsh tree that I cropped out of the frame to the right, which left the bird a little off focus): Hey...I've got a good burst mode now, and good tracking continuous focus! Never had that before on my P&S. I was shooting in the pposite direction when I heard a ruckus of honking and splashing behind me. I whipped around with no time to set up at all, and saw a moorhen chasing another out of his territory. I took roughly a 4-second burst, for about 13 shots...these were the best: Pretty neat how they can run on water: A nice tri-colored heron put down on the rail ahead of me, and was grooming himself - I liked the rock-n-roll hairdo: I can also shoot birds in flight much better than I could before...the focus is faster, more accurate, tracks the movement well, and it's easier to follow in the optical viewfinder. This wood stork flew at me, giving me very little time to react - I just handheld the big lens up in his direction, found him in the viewfinder, focus locked, and fired...he was almost too close to the threshhold of the 200mm lens!: It's a bit easier when the bird isn't flying at your head! Ducks are awfully fast in flight, and with my P&S I've had a heck of a time getting detail without some motion blur, not to mention actually catching a duck in the right stride of flight. Finally...clear, focused, metered ducks in flight!: A female red-winged blackbird (yes...silly name for a brown bird with no red wings! - the male gets those colors) sitting down in the low swamp grasses and plants, which filtered the bright sun through the yellow and green leaves for a nice, warm color tone that looks almost like golden-moment dusk light - despite being 4:30 in the afternoon!: So that's my first real day out with the A300. Any comments, questions, and critique welcome!