It sure is nice to be back in the D500 camp. It's funny how familiar it felt in the first outing last week.
The big difference now (with the first D500 I owned), is that I now know that it is a dslr with the regular dslr weaknesses and woes, but that that no longer matters to me anymore.
Even with all of its dslr woes, the D500 now feels right. And the amazing thing is, that after a long impasse when shooting the 7DII, my first outing with the 1st D500 brought me these typical "special moments" again, that I also had with my Pentax K3+DA560 combo. I sort of lost that flow when I sold the D500 on a determination to use the Z7 for all my shooting. First outing with my second D500 brought out the same feeling again, the same "special moments".
Perhaps it's the OVF after all, or the special instant AF experience, or even the shutter rattling away at 10 fp/s in small bursts, or the solid feel of the body in the hand.
It doesn't matter, I will still follow the mirrorless revolution closely, but it's back to the D500 for birding and wildlife.
Here's some shots, a female little grebe and a female pintail.