I needed about 200mm more lens to capture the bird the way I really wanted at this angle.
I’ve been playing a lot with Aperture 2 (now 2.1) and I’m really liking it. The adjustment sliders and GUI is much better than the previous version. It’s also much faster. I love how it does monotoning/sepia toning. You can pick any color and get a great effect. I also like the variety of profiles you can embed in your exported files. Many more than Lightroom. No, I haven’t tried the Lightroom beta. I’m waiting a little longer before I check it out.