A few miles north of San Antonio you’ll find Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, a drive-through wildlife preserve of herbivores. The Wife and I drove out there last weekend to try out my new Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 lens. As it turned out, the animals were way too close for such a long lens.
Part of the entrance fee gets you a bag of feed for the critters, which draws the hungry ones right up to your vehicle. In fact, we even had an ostrich stick its head a foot or two into the Chevy. That’s something that doesn’t happen every day.
I’d recommend doing at least a couple of loops of the park, as the selection of animals can be quite different just a few minutes later. On our second pass, a large herd of zebras was accosting each vehicle for food. You aren’t supposed to feed them by hand, but they were so aggressive that you didn’t really have the opportunity to drop the food.
Technical Notes: All images were taken with my Nikon D200 handheld. Most were with the AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G, but I used the 70mm-200mm f/2.8 on a handful of pictures.