You will enjoy the Fuji camera. Good IQ and easy to use. You won't be fussing and yet still get good pictures. I have the 23 mm f2 lens and the 50-230 mm lens. Both are very sharp. At first the 50-230 mm lens is a little tricky to get the exposure set the way you want it because it doesn't have an aperture ring on the lens. Sounds like all you need is a downsized camera bag :) Have fun!
:) Good answer! One reason I like B&W is for use with images with texture and drama. Storms and weather phenomena work well in B&W for one. Images with texture and hard edges work well with B&W- think rock formations, sand dunes, grasses, and trees- when you might want to shift the emphasis from color to shapes and shadows. Also street photography. That's just a couple of examples.
Great shots! I attempted to do the same thing here in Az at the last super moon but mine did not come out nearly as good as yours. It's tricky getting both in good enough focus when the light is fading. And the birds have to be in the right position. Lots of ifs which is what makes your images special. Next year though -
Katydid- your owls are marvelous !! Very sharp, clear and interesting. We are suppose to have these owls in Tucson near the AF facility. After seeing your owls I think I will take a quick trip and see if I can find them. Were these early morning or late afternoon shots? Are these owls nocturnal? Great job with a new camera!