Scientific studies have shown that these possums spend 16% of there time feeding. Non-scientific studies suggest that most of that feeding is done on my fruit trees. I lost half my apples last autumn which meant I couldn't make the home brewed cider I had planned. They also ate the pears. At the moment they are even having a go at my lemons taking a bite out of each one. Despite this, I actually love having them around. I see it as my responsibility to find new and interesting ways to protect the fruit.
So why was I out photographing possums? Well a couple of weeks ago I took down the wallaby fence as it was unsightly and didn't work anyway. I figured I may as well let the smaller animals come in for a feed as well. I was hoping the bandicoots would come closer to the house. It seems to have worked as twice already I have accidentally flushed what I believe was a bandicoot in broad daylight but I only got a fleeting glimpse. The other night I walked up the hill with the torch hoping to see one but all I found was some of our regular visitors, half dozen Pademelons and a couple of Brushtail Possums. At least one of the possums was kind enough to hang about for a photo or two.
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