Thursday 24 December 2020

Update 24th Dec 2020

 Pax is visiting regularly and looks healthy.

Pax - 24th Dec 2020

I apologise on behalf of the possums for there not being any action in the box cameras. I would like to be able to give a Baby Possum Alert for Christmas - Sasha's latest baby is most likely now at that stage - but for the past two weeks all of the possums have been completely avoiding the boxes.

Friday 11 December 2020

Update on Pax

A quick update for anyone who has been viewing the box cameras and may be worried about little Pax.

Pax is still around and looks healthy and has been visiting the house every couple of nights.

Here is a photo of her visiting tonight.

Pax - 11th Dec 2020

Monday 30 November 2020

Update 30th Nov 2020 - Some sad news

There has been some sad news.

Rahmet (bottom) and Pax (top) - 15th Nov 2020

If you have ongoing contact with possums, you will inevitably have to deal with some tragedy. Possums live dangerous lives and it's only a matter of time before something distressing happens - and usually when you least expect it.

Thursday 29 October 2020

Update 29th Oct 2020

Wink has reached the stage where he no longer back-rides on Sasha and gets chased off if he comes too close to her while eating, but he still shares a sleeping place with her virtually every night.

Wink - 23rd Oct 2020

Friday 25 September 2020

Update 25th Sept 2020 - Introducing Pax

 Rahmet's new baby, who has been named Pax, is now back-riding.

Pax riding on Rahmet's back - 18th Sept 2020

Friday 28 August 2020

New Box 1

 I have finally replaced Box 1. 

New Box 1 in tree - 25th Aug 2020

Thursday 27 August 2020

Another Baby Possum Alert

Rahmet's baby has been seen out of the pouch for the first time. The little one is still a very small rat-like thing and isn't currently appearing for very long, but it looks like he or she will be out of the pouch for at least some time every day from now on; so now is the time for a Baby Possum Alert.

I'm not sure how closely people are following this blog, but Rahmet is still a young possum, in fact she herself was only emerging from her mother's pouch in December last year. This is her first baby and she seemed to be unsure at first about what to do when it started climbing all over her, but she is a competent possum and seems to be taking good care of the young one.

Rahmet is using Box 3 at the moment and unfortunately the camera in this box has gone a bit blurry (possibly the lens has got dirty or been knocked out of focus), so the pictures aren't the best. If I get a chance I'll try to fix this. 

Rahmet with baby in Box 3 - 26th August 2020

Rahmet with baby in Box 3 - 27th August 2020

Also, viewers may have noticed that Box 1 has been replaced. I will post about this soon.

Friday 14 August 2020

Update 14th Aug 2020 - Introducing Wink

Sasha's latest baby has now been back-riding for a while and has been named Wink. Wink's gender is still unknown.

Sasha with Wink back-riding - 29th July 2020

Thursday 30 July 2020

Box 2 Camera Upgrade

Ever since I refurbished Box 2 in 2013, the camera in it has been an ongoing source of annoyance. It was not great to start with and it has been getting worse over time.

Today I finally got around to replacing it.

Box 2 - Old Camera

Box 2 - New Camera

I'll discuss the details of the new camera below. If you're just here for the cute possums, you can skip the rest of this post.

Friday 3 July 2020

Update 3rd July 2020 - Baby Possum Alert

As at least one alert viewer has already noticed, Sasha's latest baby is starting to come out of the pouch while in the nest box, so now is time for another Baby Possum Alert

In addition, Nikita has appeared with both of her babies - Howl and Muse - back-riding.

Nikita with Howl (front?) and Muse (back?) back-riding - 1st July 2020

Friday 26 June 2020

Update 26th June 2020 - Introducing Howl

Yesterday Nikita appeared with one of her babies back-riding while the other remained in her pouch.

Nikita with Howl back-riding - 25th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

This baby has been named Howl, the other has been called Muse.

Saturday 30 May 2020

Update 30th May 2020

I have a correction to make: Rahmet is a female possum and not a boy. This will be Sasha's first girl after nine boys in succession.

Rahmet - 28th May 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

Friday 24 April 2020

Update 24th April 2020

Rahmet is now entering the "teenager" stage of a young possum's life. He often sleeps on his own and his mother now chases him off if he tries to take food off her. He is still usually tolerated by Sasha and it will probably be at least another a couple of months before he is chased out of the area for good.

Rahmet - 4th Apr 2020

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Update 31st March 2020

Since I made the last entry, Nikita has returned several times for a visit.

Nikita - 24th Mar 2020

It is really good news to see her again. There are a lot of dangers in the world for a little ringtail possum - including a couple of cats which visited the yard a few weeks ago - and it's very good to that she's happy and healthy.

Friday 13 March 2020

Update 13th March 2020

Rahmet is growing up fast. He still keeps close to his mother Sasha and often back-rides, but occasionally he ventures off a little way on his own.

Rahmet - 1st Mar 2020

Friday 14 February 2020

Update 14th Feb 2020 - Possum Valentines

Nikita is back!

Nikita was last seen around the end of August of last year. When she stopped visiting, I had thought that she had either left the territory to her daughter Koru or had suffered some mishap. It's really great to see her again. It looks like she's taking after her grandfather Wasabi who would often go away for long periods of time.

She brought her date with her. I think he is Omar, although it's difficult to be certain with possums who mostly keep away from the house.

Nikita (right) and a nervous Omar (left) - 11th Feb 2020

Saturday 18 January 2020

Update 18th Jan 2020 - Introducing Rahmet

Sasha's new baby has been named Rahmet. He is now back-riding. Here he is on top of Box 7 where Sasha and he slept earlier in the day. In hot/sticky weather they often sleep on top of the box rather than inside.

Rahmet (top) and Sasha (right) - 17th Jan 2020