Partly collected thoughts.
I think you will. 400 mm should be your minimum tele for serious bird photography, preferably on a 1.6x sensor camera like the 40D. I have the 300 mm f/4 L IS which is a fantastic lens, handholdable, and also suitable for landscape photography. The downside is that it is not long enough for bird photography.
What a great shot, even if it's slightly short on zoom...;~)Now I can't tell for sure whether this finch is male or not. The yellow plumage seems pretty dull to be male material -- unless he's still in the midst of a spring molt. However, the jet black cap oughta be a dead giveaway that this bird is male. Be mindful, though, I'm a lightweight when it comes to bird watching, so my saying that this finch is male don't carry much weight, either.And speaking of black caps and death, it's refreshing to see a goldfinch on a shepherd's hook, instead of a canary in a mine shaft...
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