I have the greatest admiration for all you who photograph birds...certainly not the easiest subject to shoot. My first go at birds, All these shots taken last year in the summer and all are at high iso's and crops. I used a soft focus in processing just to try and mask the noise rather than noise reduction software. I took this one yesterday whilst walking around the river....I spent a good half an hour just watching it, got a couple of shots but this is about the best of a bad bunch. Any tips appreciated as i'll be back to have another go since I now know were it's nesting. It did get very close a number of times but it was just to quick for me to keep up. All taken with the sigma 70-300 TFL. Ken.