After a few months off from photographing birds and concentrating on my son's hockey, I've gone back to picking up the 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII to photograph birds. I don't know if it was a hiatus or what, but the inspiration that I got from the photos on 500px was no end of frustration due to the length of lens required to get the shots that I want in my mind's eye. And I threw up my hands and said "why bother shooting and wasting frames on photo-ideas that aren't going to work until I get the lens I need." We are working on the 600mm + TC-14EII (1.4x teleconverter) purchase and hopefully by close to the end of 2014 (around September in time for November 2014 and Harrison Mills, I should have that lens in hand.
This crow was absolutely accomodating with my camera by using the 2004 Impala 4-door sedan that I have for a "rolling blind". It was curious enough to venture close to the vehicle despite the big black eye staring at it from the driver's side window.