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.
Just a quick post while I'm on leave - I'll be revealing the mystery orifice soon, so keep guessing - one of you is very close. We took a family outing to the rhino and lion park in ‘The cradle of humankind’ a world heritage area that includes the famous Sterkfontein and Swartkrans caves where several australopithecines have been found. While there I managed to get this shot of a breeding male long-tailed widow bird (Euplectes progne), the epitome of an elaborate sexual display that is a major handicap to its owner. Non-breeding males are drab, brownish, sparrow-like birds with tails of normal length.