Hello everyone, this is my first post here. The weather here has been great lately so I have been bringing my camera with me to the little lake down the street. First of all, I understand that my 70-300 VR is a fairly low-end lens, but the results I have been getting seem to be excessively soft, sometimes having a slight halo around the subject. I am shooting @ ISO 800-1000 at F5.6 to achieve 1000-2000/s shutter speeds for these quick little guys. That might sound high, and maybe it is (let me know), but I find anything less to give bad hand-held results for bird in motion, or on windy days, which is almost everyday. Is the halo and softness a characteristic of this lens and my high-ISO, or could it be camera shake? I always use a Hoya UV filter and sometimes a Hoya CPL and factory lens shade. Here are a few examples. I'll probably start by uploading a few of my sized-touched up photos. I have not even read the max file size yet... So, the artifacts I am talking about might not even be visible... I can always crop a full-size later on...Any help or comments are welcome. I went out and bought a bird book the other day, so this is quickly turning into a bit of a hobby. Shoot the bird, figure out what it is, trying to get a pair together, etc... Thanks in advance for your help!