ITo tell then truth, I do not remember if this was hand held. Probably not, because I do take my tripod to this particular spot on the Island. It has been botherng me lately that I do not hand hold that much when shooting at 500. I am missing to many good shots because the tripod slows me on birds in flight, animals running, etc. I went out a few days ago shooting egrets at a park near me determined to leave the tripod home. I did pretty well at 500 mm. because I started using a different focus technique which does a better job of tracking. It all boils down to that golden rule, READ THE MANUAL, and know all the ins and outs of your camera. Also,I didn't realize I was shooting at ISO 1000, something I rarely do, but I discovered that the noise reduction in Adobe RAW, and define in the NIK program dealt nicely with the noise.Hi Herb,
Another nice shot. I'm wondering how far you were away from the bird in this one. Whoops, I see it now. You were at the full 500mm. Great photo from so far away. Was this handheld?