After I have read some comments and factored in my needs (macro's, birds, animals and so on), I decided to go with the Fuji. I need to thank all the people contributing to this forum. I got my baby this morning and I am pleased as punch! Just need to learn now..the pics are 1.2-1.6meg in size, so I had to bring the quality down by 40-50%, but you get the idea.
I think you made a good choice. I am on my 4th FUJI, a S9000. I have been looking at yours, but I think I will wait for the next generation.
Learn to use the continuous shoting for things like birds.
Thanks for sharing your first photos.