If anyone would have told me that I'd enjoy taking photos of birds as a subject years ago - I would have dismissed the thought. Entirely.
The flight of the birds is so quick. What are the chances I'd be able to get a shot like this - in focus. There is a lot cropped out on this - but the point is for a 'swing and shoot', it turned out OK.
I took a few hour trip to Port Huron for some freighter watching and as a bonus the critters were out. Lots of ducks and gulls. And there were a few river vessels. This by far is the best bird photo I've ever taken. My workflow brought out the sky - and look under the wing. That is slick!
My trip to Port Huron was to play with shooting at higher speeds by boosting the ISO. As a child of 35mm cameras, I never really ventured out of the ISO range of 100 to 400. And since I've been in DSLR - never out of 100 for the D80 and 200 for theD90. (Both are minimum settings) So jumping to 400 for the day was a big thing for me. I've read that in the Nikon I can go to 800 without much noise - so we'll have to see.
If this goes to club competition I'll smooth out the sky a bit - but other than that it is good to go.
Focal length 120 mm (180 mm for 35mm film)