I get tired of “bird on a stick” portraits pretty quick. Usually once I have shot a few and the bird is still sitting there, I will either set up and wait for action and behavior, or get as close as I can and catch really intimate details.

I did the latter for this Rufous Motmot portrait, putting a 2x teleconverter on my 500mm lens to shoot at 1000mm. Your technique and focus has to be perfect when you add teleconverters like this, but it can work!

Rufous Motmot

Rufous Motmot portrait, Ecocentro Danaus Biological Reserve, Costa Rica. Canon 1DX. 500mm + 2x teleconverter. ISO 2500. f/8 @ 1/100 second. EV +2/3.