Tag Archives: Brush tailed Possum

Exploring Elster Creek at night

One night a few weeks ago I wandered along the local creek looking for Tawny Frogmouths and Boobook Owls. I have been spending more time lately improving my night and flash photography with my Canon Speedlite Flash units. To get close enough and take a picture of an owl at night I need to become much better at getting into position and using the flash (let alone actually finding the owls). Along the creek to the golf course where the owls had been spotted were many possums – the smaller Ring Tailed and larger Brush Tailed. Using a red coloured flash light and walking quietly I was able to get quite close to the possums and practice my focussing and shooting using the flash. I got mixed results and my owl shots (I actually found a Boobook on a fence at the lake) were terrible…hopefully I will get a second chance…meanwhile I will keep practicing on the local possums…

Ring Tailed Possum, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria

Ring Tailed Possum, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria

Ring Tailed Possum, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria

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Ring Tailed Possum, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria

Demon eyed Ring Tailed Possum

Brush Tailed Possum, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria

Brush Tailed Possum, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria

The Wise old Bird of Braeside

On a recent visit to Braeside Park, I looked out for the resident Tawny Frogmouths. There are many Frogmouths in the park but they are well camouflaged and while they do stick to their territories they move to different trees and roosts every few days.  I found 5 on this particular day. (My best day was 14 Frogmouths). To find them you need to look for a suitable area and then look for the right sort of tree, height, and position. Once you find a suitable area you need to look for something that does not quite fit in, a colour variation or round lump that does not quite belong.

The Frogmouth is in my top 10 favourites due to its calm nature, its camouflage skills and the serene look it gives you when it acknowledges your presence. When agitated, some will pretend to be a branch stump while others will ignore you with just a yellow eye watching you now and again.

Tawny Frogmouth

A large Tawny Frogmouth, Braeside Park in May

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth, with mate tucked down behind – he was a little nervous as I made my way around the tree for a clearer shot

Tawny Frogmouth

A pair of Tawny Frogmouths, keeping an eye on me, much more relaxed

Tawny Frogmouth

This pair were quite wary of me even though they are quite high in the tree. They relaxed from their camouflage pose after a few minutes…

When you spend some time looking for Frogmouths your eyes start tune into objects that seem to stand out from the norm. I could not quite figure out what this furry lump was from a distance but when I got closer it turned out to be a Brush Tailed Possum with its bum hanging out of its daytime hollow getting a bit sun while it still slept.

Possum

Brush Tailed Possum, soaking up some warmth

Possum

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