Maybe think about the Tamron 150-600mm. Pretty affordable, lots of reach and versatility. It's not the sharpest thing in the world at 600mm but it really isn't that far behind lenses that cost twice as much.
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Grey Seals at the dune of Helgoland, Germany.
Great shots, I wish I'd have had access to my current gear back when I was frequently at Helgoland in the 90s ... but a film camera with a mushy 100-300 usm lens doesn't cut it. It's certainly one of the best to see those!A whole bunch of my favorites
IMG_8836 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr
I originally didn't want to reply in this thread because it means "subscribing" to it and getting no ends of notifications ... but this shot made me do it anyway - one of the nicest I've seen recently! That's because it's not your usual lion or zoo animal, but something less exotic in its authentic environment.
You should definitely send this one to some competition or try to spread it further than just CR or your flickr page, even though it doesn't seem to look directly into the camera but that's the way these animals are. The horsies I usually shoot also insist on looking right next to the camera because that's the way their vision works.
The framing is a liiiittle off for my taste, if it's cropped/rotaed maybe recover some space below the goat or try to use the heal brush to copy/paste some rock if possible. I'm very prone to leaving not enough space below whatever I'm shooting, and it's the same here, but maybe it's just my impression?