A bit heavy, but hey it's 500 mm of good glass! Put it on a tripod or monopod and you've got one of the sharpest lenses in the business. The priceline makes it a must have if you can't justify he big bucks for the cream of Nikon's long lenses.
For the really beautiful BIF shots, you'll need some light. It's f/5.6 after all. VR is very good.
I have been using the lens for a few weeks now and the results are excellent. Sharp autofocus with Nikon D500 and a good usable zoom for wildlife. Online and YouTube reviews all gave it a good review but now that I have used it for while I have to agree. Difficult to hand hold for a long time but using a monopod or tripod the results are excellent.
Have been using this lens for a couple of weeks now photographing motorsports and birds. Great value for money compared to similar zooms. Excellent image quality and handling and produces sharp images with pleasing colour. Focussing is quick and accurate. Met all my expectations.