Birdlife of Southern Kruger National Park

Okay – this is not a travelogue. Heavens no. And, it’s short. Please keep reading. I recently travelled to Kruger National Park in South Africa – a truely extraordinary place. I’ll leave the pictures of leopards, elephants, giraffe, zebra, hyaena etc etc to others. These creatures, magnificent as they are, were expected. The profusion of birdlife was not. Some of them were familiar to Australian eyes, but many others were fabulously surprising.

Enjoy the pictures. Kruger is the kind of place where an underpowered camera with an underpowered operator can still make good. 

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So, ya wanna be a Cloud Rider?

‘it wakes you up in the morning with a cup full of piss in your face, slaps you about the chops to make sure you’re awake enough so it can kick you in the bollocks.’

 Malcolm Tucker, The Thick of It

Mr Tucker may well have been talking about his job as a spin-doctor for the British Labour Party. But, for me, he might as well have been talking about the Monaro Cloudride (CR), a non-stop mountain bike race from Canberra through the Snowy Mountains and everywhere in between. Like most Cloudriders, I observed the event via Spot Tracker for a few years before finally deciding to tackle the great beast. But the first time I heard about the event, I loved the idea. It seemed so preposterous, so likely to end in heartbreak, that I decided I would have to have a go. In April 2017, I joined 22 other riders on the start line. Nine days and a thousand kilometres later, I finally crossed the finish line. Here’s how I did it.

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