Great photos, all. Rob, I'm a sucker for raccoons—the little beggars. Astro, great technique. Was that tripod-mounted or are you a bodybuilder like Gentoo? 1/200s at 300mm I assume you had it on at least a monopod.
I hand hold all of my shots jonny. I tend to be very mobile when shooting and that includes with the 300 2.8
As far as being a body builder...no but I do lift weights regularly