Thank you for all the advice and help. I am not dedicated bird photographer but will take oportunity when I can. I have lot of bird life in my backyard which is even to much for my 200mm but situation has changed on the holidays when I could not get that close. It is so easy to blame the camera focus and not the operator and changing conditions. I feel more confident with my camera now and I am keen to try it all again. Submited few photos from home birds when I had no problems at hand held 200mm 1/50s f/6.3 VR on. This was taken in early October just before problem trip. Looking at my previous bird photos I had excelent focus. Thank you.