So I am new to this forum, and I thought I would ask a big question, if no one minds.
I'm a college student, and from May 23rd to June 2nd I will be studying abroad in Costa Rica. I currently use a D3300, and my lenses are the AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G and AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II. Since the 70-300 is only manual focus on the D3300, I was considering renting the new 200-500 lens to bring with me, as I am studying ornithology and really want the best possible images to remember the trip by, as this is also my first time out of the country since getting into photography. I currently don't plan on checking any bags to bring a tripod (I would rather not rent one that would support the lens unless I was guaranteed to be checking a bag), and the program I am going with is pretty fast paced so I don't expect there to be any time to really set up a tripod, unless later in the evening during free time.
Is this a good plan, i.e., a good lens to rent? Should I try to check a bag in order to bring a tripod for the lens? Or does anyone have other suggestions that may work, that are cost efficient, as being a college student really limits my funds for this trip.
Thank you in advance!