I think the ME66/K6 is a good solution. I got mine on eBay for about
$200 (capsule and K6 power supply and foam windscreen). You'll also
need a foam-fur windscreen (mine came with the foam and I added a
Windcutter fur screen), and a shock mount handle helps reduce
handling noise but is not essential. You'll also need the proper XLR-
ministereo adapter cable. Make sure you don't get the one that is
made for stereo microphones. You want the one that sends the mono
signal from the mic to both channels of the recorder. The Hosa
XVM-102F is an example of the correct type.
The problem I see is that the Tascam DR-05 has pretty noisy preamps
that will add noise to what is otherwise a fairly quiet microphone.
You could get the mic now and then replace the recorder with
something better down the road.
On Dec 13, 2014, at 4:09 AM, Dan Gusset
> I'd like to buy a shotgun microphone to get set up for nature
> recording. I have a Tascam DR-05 recorder. I am primarily
> interested in recording birds but also want to record mammals, and
> to be able to conduct interviews. I have a limited budget, so
> something used would be preferable. What do you all recommend?
> I spend a lot of time in the field, and I've wanted to start
> recording for years. When I heard a handful of bird vocalizations
> this summer which hadn't been uploaded to xeno-canto, I realized
> that now is the time. It would be very useful to always have a
> recording setup in my pack for such situations.
> Thanks for your help,
> Oregon, USA