Monday, 1 March 2010

I had been wondering why one of the branches of the Melicope in the front garden had developed a bit of a sag.



I was going to blame the coppery brushtail possum, who climbs the tree in the evening to watch what's going on in the soap opera that is the pademelons' world.

Oh, the shame!

But then I saw the true culprit engaged in a neat balancing act. I suspect this turkey is going to work its way through all the branches until every one of them points downward.


8 comments:

Woollybutt said...

Oh the shame indeed

:)

Snail said...

It's not a delicate little waif of a possum ...

mick said...

The Possum is definitely much cuter than the Turkey!

Neil said...

I guess we are so used to the turkey being on the ground and not in the trees.

Snail said...

Mick, this possum is very cute indeed and generally quite well-behaved. But in the turkey's favour, it doesn't run across the roof at 2 a.m.

Neil, I understand that they roost in trees at night but I haven't seen them or even heard them flapping up to their perches. Considering their size and lack of subtlety, I think it's a great achievement on their part. (This could be my poor observational skills, though.)

Wren said...

You have the most interesting backyard! Does the turkey eat the fruit you put out for the nocturnal fruitivores?

Dave Coulter said...

Both are very cute, hahaha

Snail said...

Wren, they don't get a chance, but they would if they could. They'll eat (or try to eat) anything even remotely edible! Including animal carcases, which is just a bit creepy.

Dave, the rainforest does cute in a big way. (Except for the stinging trees. They are anything but cute.)