7D = Awesome Camera
Nice shots.I recommend playing around with the manual zones for autofocus available with the 7D. I have found this to be quite effective for setting your subject off-center. It provides you with more options for image composition. This should work even for shooting relatively small birds, because autofocus is still quite snappy with this setting.
AmbientLight- what do you mean by 'manual zones'? Is it the focus type?
Great shots. I use the same camera + lens combo and love it too. Looks really quite sharp in the first photo, given that you shot wide open at full zoom. I typically do the same (1/200s @ 200mm i.e. keep the shutter at the reciprocal of the focal length), but I gotta ask did you shoot handheld or using a tripod? My guess is the latter.
Well I took advantage of Adorama's sale and picked up a new Canon 7d last week ($1199). I finally got a chance today to snap a few photos. I had a family of cardinals move into my backyard this spring and figured they'd be the perfect subjects. Snapped these two pics of a male this morning.Did you move the images form photbucket?Also when did that $1199 sale happen? Is it still on somewhere? Coming from a T2i, I have a bit of learning to do, but I'm quite happy with my first few attempts.
The 7D was on sale at Adorama the end of April. I also picked up the 24-105 f/4 L for $890.10. I had been waiting for either to go on sale and both did on the same day. Go figure.http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/04/canon-eos-7d-super-sale-at-adorama/Not sure what you mean by photobucket, I use it to post all my photos.