The only good Possum a dead one.
No sign of being eaten by Harrier, Pukeko or Cat.
In tree hollow
On the side of the track.
Feeding at 1.45 p.m. on a bitterly cold afternoon, with a good plastering of rime ice over much of the scrub. Judging from this possum's behaviour, it had never seen a human, because it ignored me even though I was moving in full view about 20 metres away.
Found on a tour for birds and nocturnal mammals with Alan Gilanders, an excellent guide to the wildlife of the Atherton Tablelands region of northern Queensland. The Coppery Brushtail Possum is endemic to this small patch of high elevation rainforest.
In our neighbours' garden.
The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula, from the Greek for "furry tailed" and the Latin for "little fox", previously in the genus Phalangista) is a nocturnal, semi-arboreal marsupial of the family Phalangeridae, it is native to Australia, and the second largest of the possums.