I'm so envious of your good camera. I really need to get a new one before the baby is born. My current is sub-par, for sure, and usually everything comes out looking really flat and blurry. Especially wildlife -- and sometimes even people.
Those are fabulous pics, B.E. I love the ducks - they really do look like they're posing! And that rose - is that in your garden? Beautiful.
These are lovely shots! My camera is getting all squonky (Okay, I totally stole that from you, but I love this word! I'm gonna use it all the time now!):)