We arrived at the gate right on time and gave the very pleasant women our admission fee ($26 each). As we were pulling away to start our safari, she tells us to make sure we keep our doors and windows closed. This was a little bit of a shock. They tell you in their advertisements to take your cameras. They ever have a large yellow clearly marked 'Camera Store' at the entrance but you have to keep your windows closed?? This might have been nice to put in their ads. This is the first one of these places where we were told to do this. I mean the lions and tigers and other man eaters are never allowed to wander out in the open. We knew that but there are other animals that are usually not threatening: although in Washington state, we did have a water buffalo become quite enamored with our rental and started rubbing up against it with love in its eyes. But that had been the extent of danger we have ever found in a wild animal park. But now we have traveled the hour and paid our money so we decided to travel on.
When we shoot in any type of enclosed environment, we always try to mask the cage or fences: (lots of fence here), which makes this type of photography very challenging but also fun to try. I would recommend this park for families with children, there are some things for them to do. It has some amusement rides and a gift store. There is a restaurant but we didn't eat there. There is a walk through part that is ok not great. I am not sure if it was just something that day or what but the walk through smelled really bad, like the water was dirty. I am not speaking of the usual smells associated with these places. It was something a little stronger. I'm guessing/hoping it was just yesterday and not an every day occurrence.
Our images are below and we hope you enjoy them. One is of an ibis who just flew in for lunch, as you will see. It is one of my favorite bird action shots ever captured.
Comments are always welcomed but if you're going to ask how we got such clear images shooting through a window, I will have to plead the fifth. I do not want to incriminate myself (wink wink) !!! Enough said about that.
|Nile Lechwe Africa|
|As is many places here in Florida large shorebirds just fly in and out at will. This Egret was a wild bird not part of the park.|
|An AOUDAD from Africa|
A Charging Wildebeest Arica, I loved the dirt being thrown around and that 3 of his hoofs are off the ground
Southern White Rhinoceros