Canon R5 with 100-500mm so frustrated with this setup. Any advice?

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Canon R5 with 100-500mm so frustrated with this setup. Any advice?
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I’m coming out of a 7D with the 100-400mm lens which was a workhorse for many years and I was very happy with my setup, but carpel tunnel was nudging me to get lighter gear.  I admit that I thought that this new  setup would not only be lighter, but that it would be a far superior setup, not my experience at all for photographing birds.  I have been using this new setup for about 2 months now and I have been so discouraged about the time it takes to lock on focus, the performance of the animal eye detection and the ISO noise at what I have always thought to be low ISO settings (<800)  From what I have experienced if I am at 500mm every bird is going to be blurred beyond repair, so I see no point in using the lens past 400mm for birds.   Since this is my first mirrorless camera everything is new to me so I really don’t know if I have a problem with the camera, the lens the combination or if my expectations are too high.

Attached  is a photo taken at 500mm with eye detection locked onto the eye of this tree swallow (eye section focus point confirmed on the back screen of my camera.  Shutter speed 1/800 (stationary bird), f/8, ISO 320.

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