Nature's Place

Possum …

A little banana satisfies a prowling possum. She is wild but still feels safe enough to take from the hand.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

This ring-tail possum is more secretive, only showing up after the other and later in the night when food is gone.

She’s a tough little thing, solid muscle. You’d have to be to do the aerobatics she does on the roof at nigh and survive.

She waited for me to go before resuming her approach to a little food. It will take time to know her well.

And a little bread, wholemeal with grain and/or seed, no white bread and no sugar or other additions. Just plain food.

the other one.

They come from above at night. One from across the road, travelling on the power line. Another from the roof of the house. Both are looking for food.

And since they are already here, and there’s no denying them – can’t evict the one in the roof and the other lives elsewhere – so I feed them on occasion.

They appear to be gentle creatures but they are also wild nature and not to be treated with carelessly. The grey will take food from the hand but the other is too wary – different treatment at home perhaps.

It’s one of life’s pleasures, attending the wild creatures, big and small. One of my pleasures.

We’ve got to give space to something besides ourselves, or they/it will all disappear.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look



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  1. larryalyons said, on 12/05/2018 at 12:13 am

    Two great messages delivered The first is “It’s one of life’s pleasures” and the second even more important than the first is ‘We got to give space….” Thank you.

    • Mark said, on 12/05/2018 at 12:28 am

      Yes Larry, if we’re not giving we’re taking. And that’s not working out very well, is it.

  2. agirlwhowrites said, on 11/05/2018 at 9:43 pm

    They’re really sweet! Especially the brown one, he’s almost talking with those eyes of his, haha. Going all, you seem nice, but I better be wary and keep my eyes OPEN.

    • Mark said, on 12/05/2018 at 12:26 am

      They use those big eyes to see in the dark. May be mesmerised by the light here.

  3. totallytales said, on 11/05/2018 at 7:27 pm

    Beautiful! Never seen one so close….

  4. Lissa Clayton said, on 11/05/2018 at 4:17 pm

    Beautiful. I see so many of them squished on the roads :(

    • Mark said, on 12/05/2018 at 12:21 am

      Yep, the iconic koala is going to be extinct soon. They move too slow, and on the ground. Possum will survive longer.

  5. johnsonmd13 said, on 11/05/2018 at 3:48 pm

    You have cute ones!! Gotta come south i guess. I’m a biologist, and there are very few critters i dont like. But . The ones we have in the USA are big and gnarly (ugly) and nasty. I’ve treed one that was after our chickens. Size of a medium dog. Maybe it was rabid, but the teeth and hissing and viscious attitude and …
    Anyhow, glad to hear that there are some nice ones out there!

    • Mark said, on 12/05/2018 at 12:20 am

      I think nice might be conditional, on relative sizes, local habitat and food availability and competition for it. But I find if I am quiet within there’s a good chance the nature will reflect that back. ‘Out’ there is not as separate from ‘inside’ as we tend to think.

  6. Fotohabitate said, on 11/05/2018 at 3:25 pm

    They are so funny with their big eyes!

    • Mark said, on 12/05/2018 at 12:17 am

      All the better to see you with my dear … Being nocturnal they need to be big.

  7. Cate said, on 11/05/2018 at 10:03 am

    What beautiful little creatures, Mark! Thanks for sharing some love with them and their images with us.

    • Mark said, on 11/05/2018 at 11:23 am

      They are, aren’t they. And we have taken their habitat, a little food in return is a small thing to do.

      Thanks Cate.

  8. Jess T. said, on 11/05/2018 at 9:31 am

    Cute :)

    • Mark said, on 11/05/2018 at 11:22 am

      Yep, until one takes a finger thinking it’s food. Would be only by mistake though, they are not in the least aggressive.

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