It has been longer than usual since my previous update, but at least no dramatic events have happened in the interim. All of the possums are still visiting and healthy.
Walt has become a regular visitor.
|Walt - 30th June 2021|
He is still a bit nervous when he visits, but is becoming less so over time. I wrote last time that he had a white-tipped tail, but in fact it's a definite golden colour.
|Walt - 11th May 2021|
I don't have any recent photos of Marcel, but he's looking very healthy. When he first was seen in the area, he would regularly turn up with large pluckings and sometimes quite deep wounds, but for a while now he has escaped injury.
The two male possums, Walt and Marcel, visit pretty much every night and sometimes at the same time. Strangely, they don't fight with each other, and possibly the reason is that there are so many females around.
The large number of female possums is unusual for the area; in the past there has rarely been more than one female possum present at a time, but now there are four: Sasha, Wink, Pax and Shane.
All of them (probably including Shane, although I'm not 100% sure about her) currently have babies in the pouch. In springtime there should be multiple possums with back-riding babies and it will be interesting to see how this works out.
|Wink - 22nd May 2021 [Photo by Xesce]|
Shane has long since stopped sharing a nestbox with Sasha, and Sasha now chases her off and bites her if she gets too close. Shane managed to get coated in the unknown tarry substance twice more, but at least didn't plunge into it headfirst again.
|Shane - 2nd July 2021|
Shane also managed to tear the infrared illuminator off the camera in Box 4.
|Pax - 1st July 2021|
|Mother and Baby Ringtail Possum - 6th May 2021|
|Male Ringtail Possum - 18th May 2021|
More sugar gliders have been seen. The photo below is of a very small one (compare its size to the leaves nearby). After I photographed this one, it leaped through trees to meet up with another sugar glider and there were also the eyes of what might have been a third sugar glider visible in a tree further away. So it seems there is a family of sugar gliders around. Unfortunately they seem totally uninterested in the sugar glider box I put up for them.
|Young Sugar Glider - 3rd May 2021|