Best inexpensive D5300 lens for birds in flight?

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Best inexpensive D5300 lens for birds in flight?
4 months ago

I'm buying a telephoto/zoom this month for my birthday and the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM is currently at the top of my list due to its max 500mm zoom and range. Is there a better fixed focal length lens for D5300 for under $1000 USD for taking photos of birds in flight? Autofocus speed, f-stop, and optical quality matter to me.  I've read that Sigma 150-500 images above 400mm are soft.  I'd like more than 300mm sometimes. I also know that $1000 is not enough to get a really good telephoto.  Any opinion info is sincerely appreciated.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Nikon D5300 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF +1 more
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