Although the weather is still too hot to do much outdoor photography, I sat on our front porch at the river, rested my arms on the railing of the porch, and managed to take full advantage of the zoom. This is by far the best photo of the red headed woodpeckers that live in our front yard (the downy woodpecker is the more common variety I see in Memphis).
Here is the "shy" summer tanager:
This photo has the most detailed feathers of any of my bluebird photos. That may be attributed to the large zoom, my being somewhat camouflaged by the porch, and being able to steady my arms with the porch railing.
I am looking forward to getting to learn more about the camera when the weather improves. There is a big learning curve with any camera, but this one should be worth it.