>You need to get a LOT closer for good wildlife images. >Physically closer and ultimately a longer lens. > >The Canon SX40HS has a zoom equivalent of 24-840mm ! Sounds >impressive and indeed it is but it can't do many things a DSLR >can so it's a bit of an apples and oranges comparison even if >it looks pretty sweet! > >Keep visiting the beaches and estuaries where the eagles are >and the opportunities will present themselves. It was years >before I finally got my first really good eagle image and >there's a list of other wildlife I'm still waiting for many >years on. > >The D5100 auto-focus is a little frustrating to use with the >harsh little red light indicator in the viewfinder. I'm never >sure if I'm on target or not, compared to higher end bodies. >But the D5100 takes great pics so persistence and patience >will pay off > >Have fun > >Philip Thanks. The focus speed and shutter speed is nice. Back when I was into 35MM many years ago I never could have caught the ones flying from the tree. But the ole split prism would have been dead on.