It took three attempts, but I finally did get some photos of a rooster pheasant this week with the help of fellow photographer Keith Hemmelman.
Keith invited me to share a blind he had set up for the specific purpose of pheasant photography, but we had to sit through two evenings of only doves and distant deer before we spotted our prey. Not that the dove photography was bad and we also captured a great sunset the first night.
We were a multi-brand operation in the blind, with Keith's Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 400mm f5.6 shooting alongside my Nikon D600 and 500mm f4 and Olympus OMD EM1 with 70-300mm f4/5.6 (equivalent to a 140-600mm).
I wanted to test the Nikon DSLR against the smaller mirrorless Olympus. So this is the same bird just minutes apart with each camera.
First the Nikon D600mm with 500mm - ISO 200, 1/1000, f 4 for the technically minded.
The Olympus held up pretty well handheld at 600mm - ISO 200, 1/800, f 6.3.