Friday, June 6, 2008

On The Course At Night

All the action on the golf course next door doesn't always take place in daylight.

The wonderful little Sugar Glider
can often be heard, softly 'yip yipping' away after dark.

If I'm lucky enough to spot one in the light, it's great to watch its agility as it springs from branch to branch or glides to a nearby tree.

Sap, nectar and pollen are probably its favoured foods, but it will happily include fruit, blossom, insects and fungi in its diet. Sugar Gliders are sociable animals and often during the day, up to 6 or 7 family members will share the same leaf lined nest in a tree hollow.

The much larger Brushtail Possum is superbly adapted to climbing, with its clawed toes and powerful tail with a bare skin 'gripping patch'.

Leaves, fruit and blossom are the Brushtail's wild diet, but in suburbia it will eat almost anything. Brushtails can be very noisy as they screech and growl to keep in contact and to warn of predators.

Gliders and Brushtails are marsupials and will pouch rear their young for several months.

I wonder what they're thinking as I slice my drive off the tee and it canons into their hollow tree? I know how I feel about it!


  1. Cherre Densley, in an article she wrote in the March 08 'Growing Australian' magazine said that the gliders leave their hollows 'just as the first star appears', and that they are masters at disappearing around the back of a branch so they can't be seen by a spotlight. Beautiful animals and great photos. Welcome to blogging Gouldiae.

  2. Thank You Boobook. The light was just running down on power as I got the Glider shot - a bit lucky. Bit like birds, just as you get the focus set, they've gone!

  3. Too bad they're gone so fast. Maybe they could have given a few golf tips.

  4. Thanks Troy & Dave. And yes, my golf game could probably be improved with some tips from a possum!

  5. A delightful post with such nice images! I wish I see a Sugar Glider in the wild some night.