Playing possums

There are 30 species of possums, gliders and cuscus in Australia. Now we’re not talking about opossums here which are American marsupials but often called ‘possums’. Hopefully I will see some of those in the future when international travel is a thing again.

The two most common possum species in Eastern Australia are the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) and the Common Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus). The former often make their way into parks, gardens and sometimes houses in towns and cities. Indeed, the photo included here is taken in my front yard where I often hear ‘Brushy’ hissing and moving about at night.

Ringtails are not quite as well known. The one photographed here was found at Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve north of Guyra, NSW. This reserve is more known as a wetland bird habitat with a fringe of eucalypt trees around the large lagoon. I was roadtesting my thermal scope here with my daughter after reading the National Park species listing for this area included Ringtails. We found three in the one tree – two higher up moving easily from branch to branch, while the third (parent?) just sat and watched us watching them. Unfortunately the characteristic curled tail tip isn’t in action in this photo 😦

Again the photography is not the best; a combination of conditions, amateur status as a wildlife photographer and excitement. I may as well say now that this will be the norm for a while.

Mammal watching total : 9

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