|Quoting JetJock22 (Reply 2):
From the spot i shot at, I do have to have my lens maxed out at the full 300mm to get a decent up close shot, so maybe thats the problem?
Could very well be. Judging by the light there wasn't much there to begin with.. Taken later in the day? At 300mm you'll require a faster shutter speed to compensate for movement of your camera, as well you're likely to incur much more grain at full length than you would at say 100mm. Try stepping down your aperature as the light gets less and less, and keep an eye on your shutter speed to see that it doesn't drop to levels where blurring may occur (unless of course you're going for a panning shot!).
Keep trying and get our there and fiddle with your settings to see where you're getting the best results.
[Edited 2007-04-04 04:12:17]