Thanks Steve!! These shots are terrific and very encouraging especially for a 500mm with a 1.7TC.I think it shows the real capability of the d800 in the hands of a pro. The 800 can do the job in the hands of those who know how and have patience. As was said when first introduced, the 800 is not a point and shoot camera. It takes knowledge of the camera and technique in its use but it can do terrific things.
"My most rewarding photos are those that capture something I didn't 'see' in the frame....so just SHOOT."