Excellent images, Pondraider. The diffused winter light doesn't make it any easier, but you are doing really good stuff there.
Studymonkey, I'd stop studying and go get the damn thing. Mine was one of the first available and even better than I'd thought right out of the box. I did take the time and patience to explore it and experiment before having great expectations, and have had no disappointments. I also found it easy to find out where my fault was when things didn't turn out as I'd wanted.
Had some sunny winter weather for the last couple of days, so I went BIFing with the 7D2 and 100-400 II. These two were made for each other, so much fun with such good results, found myself chuckling while shooting, and even more when downloading later.