I'm on a critical assignment to find a good backyard beastie shooting outfit for my dear old Dad. He's currently using a crap superzoom, and is sick of taking pictures of the back of coyotes' heads.

Probably getting a D7000 refurb and am looking for a deal on a 300/4, maybe with a 1.4x TC if the deal is right. I'll happily listen to arguments why another lens you might have is a sensible bet. Budget precludes anything with a bigger aperture I'm guessing.

I'm a Canon guy so not super well versed in what's out there for N brand stuff. Please drop me a note if you have a lens or some advice to offer. Thanks for looking.