The images Bill shares are a minuscule fraction of the shots he takes; and the ones he misses, too. One he has always hoped for: fighting pheasants. One had always missed? Fighting pheasants.
Bill and his girlfriend/travel partner and amateur birder, Shannon, were taking the long way home from another shoot, pausing to capture migrating waterfowl in distant ponds. As a result, Bill was using an extender on his lens which helps with slow moving shots like swimming birds or distant deer. That's when these sparring ring-necked pheasants showed up in a field behind them. Bill threw the car into reverse and reset, hoping to capture an action shot he had missed countless times before.
Even though the extender drastically narrowed the depth of field, fortune was on his side as he was able to capture both in sharp focus. The photo is extra fortuitous for Bill because the birds chose a location other than corn stubble which typically obscures a portion of the animal.