I have a couple of Nikon DSLRs as well as a 200mm VR zoom lens, which I find rather limiting when shooting tigers and lions, let alone birds perched high on tree tops. I also have a non-VR 70-300 zoom, which I have not even attempted to use for wildlife photography, simply because it is impossible to use a tripod in locations that i find myself most often. So I was looking to gift myself a respectable lens when I got the shock of my life, seeing prices ranging anywhere from $6,000 all the way to almost $11,000. Needless to say, that is waaay beyond my means. So do any of the bright souls here have any ideas on what I could do, besides being doomed to blurry shots from my handheld 70-300 without VR?