A Red Kite
Red kites belong to the same family as eagles and buzzards. They can grow up to 60-70 cm (24-27 in) with a wingspan of 175-179 cm (69-70 in). This red kite is from a bird photography workshop that I attended 2012.
It took some time until I had figured out the correct settings for my Nikon D7000 [Amazon Link]. As long as the distance between myself and the bird was nearly constant, the autofocus did a pretty good. I also learned that I needed fast shutter speed like 1/2000 or better. For this photo, I got a shutter speed of 1/5000. I could get such a fast shutter speed only by increasing ISO to 800 which keeps the noise the Nikon D7000 creates within an acceptable range.
I reduced the remaining noise with Topaz Denoise [Topaz Homepage].