|Ratel in the karoo blooms|
|I battled to get far enough uphill of Meg to take this perspective shot|
For some weeks Megan has been preparing to repeat the helicopter surveys that proved so successful last season. The 2012 helicopter surveys were in November, when many nest had fledged, this year the surveys were timed earlier to be able to locate the nests while chicks were still at home. Unfortunately, September surveys coincided with the aviation students’ exam time, and there were limited numbers of pilots and budgets available to fly the crags of the cederberg, cutting down on the previous years available flying time.