Help! Still some disappointing results with the Panasonic G9 and Pana-Leica 100-400mm

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Help! Still some disappointing results with the Panasonic G9 and Pana-Leica 100-400mm

Hi, 3 months ago a posted a thread about the G9 and the PL 100-400 and the disappointing results I was getting. I have had few opportunities to try out the lens in the last few months and although I did get some good results with close birds in trees, there are still a lot of disappointing pictures where the feathers have no details.

I have followed the advice that some of you gave me i.e. no UV filter, turn off IS when shooting at 1/1000 +, using the single point for focus (when appropriate), turned way down the noise reduction, but still, the bird pictures lack details and I am a little discourages. Is there anything you see that I am doing wrong? Is it me? the lens? the camera? or all three?

I am enclosing some untouched jpeg to show what I am talking about.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Seagulls w fish: Lack of details on feathers and around the eye. Why?

Seagulls: Is this as good as it get?

Common Merganser: Is the problem the shutter speed 1/1250 sec?

Red Wing Black Bird: lack of details in the red wings.

Cedar Waxwing: Is the bird too small to expect more details?

Mallard: look at the smudges on his feathers. Is the shutter speed too slow? or ?

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