I am waiting for some decent weather (stable conditions) for trying the suggestions given here. In reviewing all the comments several times, I am learning a lot and, of course, have thought of more questions. However, I will leave most of these until later.
I am still curious about the EXIF focus distance information. Below is an image where the EXIF indicates the focus is infinity, yet the distant parts of the image are obviously out of focus. I must be misunderstanding something here.
Handheld, ISO 400, f/5.6 @ 1/1250, D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm. Processed in PhotoShop with only changing image size to 800 pixels and NEF to JPG.