Well the camera arrived and I must say that so far I am quite impressed. It is early days for me as a photographer and birdwatcher, but here are a couple of recent images.
All shot in A-Mode
Coppersmith Barbet - ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/58sec, FL-185mm
Common Kingfisher - ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/20sec, FL-160mm
Green Beeeater - ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/600sec, FL-185mm
well done Mcflycatcher , a great start especially considering that you have started with three of the toughest tests for any camera . Small birds taken against a bright backlit sky , in dense foliage and under a branch in the shade.
I notice that your shutter speeds are very low for bird shots especially quick moving birds like the Kingfisher.
Your Aperture f/5.6 is good for shallow depth of field but your ISO setting and low shutter speed tells me that there was not a great deal of natural light when you took your shots.
Don't be afraid to up your ISO to 800 or even 1600 in order to get your shutter speed up a little in low light conditions.
Also try setting your image quality to M medium and set the camera to Burst Mode 16x images per second you'll be amazed at how many interesting shots you get and the higher percentage of keepers.
Good luck :t: