I set the camera up in manual focus and focused on my hand that was placed where I thought the birds would be. It worked okay, but still the bird was kind of soft-focused. The background is crap, too (the undeside of the eaves on the back of my house).
Wow, that's beautiful.
I never even knew this thread existed! Serves me right for never wandering off Home Ice.
I'm seriously thinking of the EF-S 10-22 to kind of round things out. I have seen some amazing pics taken with this lens that challenges your composition skills and creates amazing other-worldly photos. I admit that it would be only for special shots but those would really hit home when mixed with the standard telephoto shots at something like a Derby Dolls bout, a stage show or a hockey game.
ALSO, the price of a decent polarizer sure went up! I just got a 77mm for my EF-s 17-55 2.8 and it was nearly $200. Yikes! Luckily the 10-22 and the 17-55 have the same 77mm mount.