Let me start off my saying that all pictures were taken with a Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm Kit lens.
All but one of these pictures was taken at the San Antonio, TX. Zoo US
#1)This is the my least favorite mainly because its a 100% crop but still not to bad and it should make a good 4x6 print.
#2)I like this one because of the small bug on the leaf... its another 100% crop but still looks better than the Lion picture in my opinion.
#3)A mother duck, her 2 ducklings and a following of Koi. I love the way the water is rippling around the ducks and the bright color of the fish.
#4)The Kit lens handles close-ups pretty well... I almost stepped on this fellow coming out of my apartment.
#5)This shot is probably my favorite not because of the bird but because of the lighting and shadows.
#6)And finally the bright colors of this Lori in contrast with its bland surroundings.
I think, all and all, for a person who is very new to dSLR photography that the pictures turned out very well.
Please share your opinions.
**edit** Numbered the photos.