This young hawk was just standing on this post, and let my friend Arnold and I get closer to it than I expected it would. He watched us and we photographed him. This photo was taken with my Canon 5D Mark III (22.3 megapixels) and a friend's 500mm lens plus a 1.4x extender, making effective focal length 700mm, equivalent to a 14-power monocular.
This is the same bird as above, but with a 400mm lens on my old Canon 40D (10 megapixels). Both photos were taken at f/7.1. Because of the 1.6x crop factor of this camera (smaller sensor size), effective focal length was 647.5mm, or roughly equivalent to a 13 power monocular, similar to the photo above. But the difference in bokeh (background blur) between the two photos is noticeable due to the difference in sensor size and lens focal length.
It's raining quite heavily yet this snail kite doesn't seek shelter of any kind; he sits at the top of a dead bush. He has rain drops on the top of his head, and one big one hangs off his beak. He is one tough bird.
Adult and child osprey sat here in their nest, through the rain, and got wet. Two more tough birds. But getting wet is nothing new; ospreys get wet when they swoop down and catch fish from a lake, after which they have difficulty gaining altitude because of the weight of the water in their wings, so they shake their wings, one at a time, to dry, like a dog shakes to dry. I want to photograph that some day.