I set myself goals to strike or milestones to reach, difficulties to bring me forward, something to work for. Otherwise I would sit on my lazy a** and didn't do anything. This is the only way to get better in things you do. A few goals for me were to make a decent macro photo or some semi professional portraits. Another, quite difficult task was/is wildlife birds. I started with some "Blue Tits" in my garden (as you can see in my photostream). Another big step would be wild predator birds (there are a lot of them around) and a final task, a prestige goal for a master degree would be some rare and shy birds like kingfisher. These goals were to far for me because of my current gear, I thought. I have a 300mm lens and a 1.4x teleconverter which is nothing compared to the "pros". 600mm or 800mm and a converter are a must for this job. But here it is, I managed to get this descent photo with my 300mm and my Nikon D300. In my eyes, the best shot I made so far in my life. I think 600mm would be the best lens to get the full size of the kingfisher. But I like this smaller view with the branch.
Went to the nearby lake again for some bird shots. I though about ducks and swans but when I reached the area I saw this little guy in the middle of the lake on a small island of wood and branches. He flew away when he saw me but I kept running around to search more birds and animals and when I came back he was sitting there again but flew away as soon as he saw me. So I set down in the grass and waited for him. I saw him flying around a lot and finally he sat down again right in front f me. This is the result.
Nikkor 300mm F4 + Kenko Teleconverter x1.4
Camouflage outfit but no tent or net