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Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

This Grey Butcherbird & her mate have been complaining quite noisily for the last few days.



It appears they were upset about an intruder or should I say a squatter that had taken up residence in their nest & continued to make it into a drey for itself.

Now lets see. There's a tail!




Oh, it's a sleepy possum that has woken to see what all the commotion is about.



A Ringtail Possum.



A sleepy Ringtail Possum.



A very sleepy Ringtail Possum.



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Re: Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

Was the Possum raiding the nest? It doesn't look capable of much action!
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Re: Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

Very good set there, Ross. Haven't seen a Grey Butcherbird before ... just the 'ornerary' ones we had in Tasmania, and none had two heads!
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Was the Possum raiding the nest? It doesn't look capable of much action!
Make no mistake, Ross will tell you that possums are the most hyperactive, mischievious critters on earth!
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Re: Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

Seems to be an Australian wildlife equivalent of Goldilocks - "who's been sleeping in my bed?"
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Re: Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

I would like to have seen both species, let alone getting some decent shots in. The Butcherbird is nice, as is the nose of that Possum. To bad the nest/eggs are history. But, for which party shall I feel pity now? My "Northern Standards" fail badly on this one ...
Edit: Oh! Wait a second! Nothing bad has happend to the Possum (yet) - so the Butcherbirds are the only suffering. Need to get my mind straight, I fear
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Re: Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

The first of the bird is a fantastic shot. What a nice looking bird.
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Re: Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

Lovely capture of the grey butcherbird and love the fourth pic of the cheeky possum peering round the branch. Didn't see the bird on our travels in Australia but loved the possums at Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne. I guess it's just seeing species we don't get at home - my Aus cousin was equally enthralled to see squirrels in our back garden when they stayed with us!

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Re: Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

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Was the Possum raiding the nest? It doesn't look capable of much action!
Thanks for asking Stephen as it made me realise I needed to add a little more information. The Ringtail Possums are gregarious possums (unlike the Brushtails that are solitary) & will live as a family group in a drey which is what this possum seems to have been making with this nest, which in essence, has a roof to its nest. Although I saw two of them racing up along the fence the night or two before hand, there was only one in this drey. My son had checked the nest (drey) & didn't see any eggs & that was when the possum felt a little disturbed & showed its face but very soon couldn't stay awake as you could see in the last photo. It seems the butcherbirds won't give up because there is still one out there complaining about the interloper. I can hear a noisy minor joining in too.

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Very good set there, Ross. Haven't seen a Grey Butcherbird before ... just the 'ornerary' ones we had in Tasmania, and none had two heads!

Make no mistake, Ross will tell you that possums are the most hyperactive, mischievous critters on earth!
Thanks Mark. I haven't seen the Pied Butcherbird around here as it seems the Grey is what we see around here instead.

These possums are active little creatures & will get into you favourite flowering shrubs & eat the flowers if they are tasty, but native blossoms are their main diet.

You would probably like this link Mark which has a good descriptive bit of information on this possum.
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=4877

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Seems to be an Australian wildlife equivalent of Goldilocks - "who's been sleeping in my bed?"
Yes John. I was nearly going to spin that story.
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I would like to have seen both species, let alone getting some decent shots in. The Butcherbird is nice, as is the nose of that Possum. To bad the nest/eggs are history. But, for which party shall I feel pity now? My "Northern Standards" fail badly on this one ...
Edit: Oh! Wait a second! Nothing bad has happend to the Possum (yet) - so the Butcherbirds are the only suffering. Need to get my mind straight, I fear
Here you go, a Brushtail Possum which are bigger & heavier (cat sized) & they will quite often take apple handed to them.


I don't have any better photos of the Ringtail Possum (yet) as they are are a little more skittish than Brushtails but you can always tell where they have been with their droppings that look like extra large rat droppings. Brushtail Possums have much larger droppings which can contain bits of cockroaches & other bugs the Brushtail enjoy along with fruit. They have been seen getting into garbage bins (before they were replaced with possum proof ones) for leftovers too.

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The first of the bird is a fantastic shot. What a nice looking bird.
Thanks Timmy. The rest are just record shots as that was all I could get of it.

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Lovely capture of the grey butcherbird and love the fourth pic of the cheeky possum peering round the branch. Didn't see the bird on our travels in Australia but loved the possums at Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne. I guess it's just seeing species we don't get at home - my Aus cousin was equally enthralled to see squirrels in our back garden when they stayed with us!

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Thanks Annie. The last photo was really it just not being able to stay awake. The sequence of photos are pretty much how it responded to being disturbed being wide eyed to start with & then it just slowly sank down in its sleepiness.

Was it Ringtail or Brushtail Possums you saw?

Here are a few links to look at.
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articl...07/2041855.htm
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=4877 (ringtail)
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=4871 (brushtail)
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Re: Hey!!! Who's in my nest?

Nice shots of the butcherbird and the possum, Ross. The possum looks cute but I suppose they can be pests.
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Nice shots of the butcherbird and the possum, Ross. The possum looks cute but I suppose they can be pests.
Thanks for that & now I've added another possum photo in to make the sequence more sequential & real to the moment.

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Thanks Annie. The last photo was really it just not being able to stay awake. The sequence of photos are pretty much how it responded to being disturbed being wide eyed to start with & then it just slowly sank down in its sleepiness.

Was it Ringtail or Brushtail Possums you saw?

Here are a few links to look at.
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articl...07/2041855.htm
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=4877 (ringtail)
Common brushtail possum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=4871 (brushtail)
Hello Ross -

Many thanks for the links, which I found to be most interesting.

The possums at Flagstaff Gardens were, I think, Brushtails. We used to see them at dusk peeping out from the trees with their eyes catching the urban lighting! They looked cute, like our squirrels, but I guess not to everyone's liking!

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