I have had a few bridge cameras, Canon, Nikon, and loved the ability to crop within the frame. Like the previous member, I think the long zoom opens all kinds of possibilities.
The last one I had was 50X and I was looking at the new ones with 60X but I finally decided on the Nikon D5300 with the 18-140 lens and will get a longer telephoto for that type of work. I wanted clearer photos, so larger sensor and more resolution. I also wanted faster focusing, and better Frames per second which you don't get with the bridge cameras.