I first became interested in birds when I was 8 years old and professed to my mother that I would be an ornithologist one day! I lost sight of this goal, but became interested in birds and conservation as a third year undergraduate in Ecology and Marine biology. I spent 2012 conducting research for my honours thesis, which examines the pollination of Cape Floristic Erica species by Orange-breasted and Southern Double-collared Sunbirds. At the beginning of March 2013, I started my research on Martial Eagles. I will be working closely with Dr Andrew Jenkins, Dr Arjun Amar, and Dr Res Altwegg who are my supervisors at the University of Cape Town.