A "little" late to this thread but I have a question, a experience I share with Niels and a comment for Jayne.
On the last birding trip my wife and I were able to go on, we traveled to Texas in March of this year for some of the specialties of the region. I had my Canon SX50, working but slowly breaking down. On the observation tower at Santa Ana refuge, we managed to locate a perched Hook-billed Kite. At a considerable distance and in the gloom of early morning, our 8X binoculars were not up to the task of an actual identification so I mounted the camera on a tripod, maxed out the zoom, setting up a 2 second delayed shutter and got the attached photo. American Birding Magazine will not likely contact me to publish this (though I continue to be hopeful!) but we got the bird we had been staking out for three two hour sessions.
So, yes, Jayne, one can use the super zoom function of any of these cameras to get the identification. This photo is a zoomed-in version as Niels mentioned but otherwise untouched by any post processing.
On to my question, I am planning to replace my Canon with the Nikon P950. Tristate Camera has a price that is well below most competitors. This makes me cautious so I hope to hear from anyone who has had experience with them. Thanks in advance for any help on the subject.