So, last week i ordered and got my P100-300 just in time for our hike at the Tiri Tiri Matangi Island the cool thing about it is that TTM is a open sanctuary for endemic birds and reptiles from New Zealand. which means that "birding" is actually walking looking for birds and trying to get the shots....quite difficult BUT extremly fun to do, specially for a first day with my tele lens. hope i did well. All photos with the P14, P20 and P100-300 on a OMD. So...off we go at 9am we took the boat that would take us to the island... right after we jumped on the ferry we decide to go on the roof to get the full panoramics...dang the wind was WAY to strong you needed to walk through the handle bars of the boat... if you see the horizon not quite in line is because i was trying to shoot with one hand while grabbing the handle bar with the other one.... volunteers selling passengers the island maps for the walks... First stop, Whangapaeroa, 45 min northeast of auckland, 20 min away from our final destination, Tiri Tiri Matangi after our first stop at whangapaeroa the amount of tourist trying to get a piece of roof to shoot its way to the island... the wind was so strong at this part that i was trying to shoot some of the waves crashing the boat when one of the big ones, plus the strong wind, we got soaking wet, YES that includes the camera with the P14 in front. YES, thats salt water....I know, thats cryptonite for any camera, but for the OMD, no problem. I wiped as much as i could, blew the whole thing, and no problem with the camera or the lens....lucky me!. and so finally we arrived to the island... my fiancee waiting on me while i swap lenses... the first birds we saw....The Oystercatchers then, what for me should be New Zealands national bird instead of the Kiwi Bird, the Tui. awesome!... in between the bushes!...how amazing this is huh?. ...a stichbird... ...and another one... and then i spotted a Bellbird in between the bushes... another Tui at the top of a tree getting some sweet!... then we got to the top part of the island...some nice views were waiting for us... ...and another portrait of my fiancee, after we had a break... then it comes the lighthouse... ...and some Gannets flying below the cliffs!....it is quite hard to track them!!! not because the camera cant, its because is quite hard to pan with such a long lens!!!....but i quite like how small they look against our big ocean... ...at this point a couple of "easy targets" to shoot. a couple of nice Paradise Shelducks. ...more views from the island... ...and finally the Takahe, some sort of pre historic brid, almost extinct and now they ar eback because of a bunch of recovery programs, this is another flightless bird (like the Kiwi)... you can see Auckland at the back...this was shot at 300mm...so you get how far away we were!...also it was getting heavy overcast, after the next shots, the rain came in... ...the lighthouse and the scientists reasearch house... ...and another Tui... and almost at the end of our hike, i finally manage to get this nice shot of this Saddleback... and just when i was packing my camera to my bag...we saw a Brown Quail... ...off back to the wharf to catch the boat back.. ...and then the sad story of a dead penguin at the shore...but hey...life must go on... hope you guys enjoy this little hike to the island...all comments more than welcome as usual!. thanks for watching!. I learned a couple of things: I wish i had two cameras one with the P20 or P14 while on the other the P100-300 or maybe having one camera with the P12-35 and on the other the P100-300...fun stuff tho... *** UPDATE *** a panoramic view!.... <IMG SRC="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1030775/tiritiri/tiritirimatangi_low_res.jpg" HEIGHT="100" WIDTH="800" BORDER="0"> right click and open in a new tab to view it bigger!....this was made with the Pana 100-300mm.