I am a palaeontologist living and working in Alice Springs, in the red centre of Australia. I moved here with my wife and three kids from Johannesburg, South Africa. I used to focus my research on dinosaurs, and it is fair to say I am still a dino nut but these days I work on fossils from the NT, be they turtles, tassie tigers or anything else. In my spare time I like to watch birds, catch beetles, lizards and snakes and generally find out as much about the species around me as I can.
Well out my back window actually. We've been watching this industrious little guy for almost three years now. He is a masked weaver (Ploceus velatus), and in order to attract a mate he has to construct a nest of sufficient quality to encourage a female to lay her eggs in it. Sadly he's a bit of a loser. Although several females have checked him out he has never been able to seal the deal. After every rejection he would demolish the nest and start again. Now however it appears he is so riddled with frustration and self-doubt that he just builds and destroys nest after nest without even getting it looked at first. I kind of empathize with him, my early years (15 through to 26) weren't too dissimilar.