Thanks for the kind words!
I use a Sony DSC-H5, although I also own an old minolta SLR and a Yashica TLR. I prefer the fixed lens super zoom system to DSLRs for most wildlife shots, although I can definately see how an avid birder would enjoy the super-fast focusing power of a D200 or comperable. Since most of what I like to shoot are portraits, a fast focus and burst aren't all that important to me. The only problem I have, is one that MOST digital photographers have - the thin sticks in the background want to turn purple on me!! didn't even notice that until I went to reply to this post, I'll have to fix that in photoshop.
Sony DSC-H5, Sony 1.7x teleconverter. Shots are full frame (7.2mpx), except for the in-flight shot which is about 65% crop. This combination is rediculously sharp at f/4-f/5.6, which due to the small sensor, is plenty of DoF for bird and most other critters. shot at ISO200, 1/1000s, at apertures in the "really sharp" range. Focal length varies between 600mm and 700mm. EXIF is embedded if you are so inclined. Sunlight was VERY bright, camera coped very well in my opinion. Some post processing in all of them, usually just levels and curves, smart sharpen.