The special characteristic of my new camera is its zoom capability; 84 times optical, or to 2,000mm equivalent for a 35mm camera. It's certainly more than I can hold steady in my hand - to use that sort of magnification needs a tripod or some other physical stabiliser. But it means that I have a fighting chance of being able to photograph some wildlife without having to get so close I scare it away. Assuming that I spot it in the first place, of course.
This bird looks like a cormorant to me, and it was drying its wings on the Mayenne river near Laval the other day. The wingtips are a bit blurry because it was flapping them about. Unforgivable in a bird, I know, but there you have it.