A few weeks ago I drove down to Galveston (twice) to participate in the annual Galveston Photo Fest, an offshoot of the Feather Fest, a birding convention. I went out with a couple of groups to do some photographs of birds in flight and picked up quite a few tips from the tour leaders and later from an expert in the field, Larry Ditto. My photographs were ok but not fantastic; put it down to the weather (gray and rather dank) and the birds being a little too far off, most of the time. I used the Nikon 200-400 zoom lens with a 1.4 converter. The photographs are mostly of Skimmers - what elegant birds they are - and a some egrets and an unidentified wader. My birding skills aren't what they used to be.