Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers' Cabin

Common Brushtail Possums

Yellow-bellied Gliders

Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo

Herbert River Ringtail Possum

Greater Glider

Lemuroid Ringtail Possum

Sugar Glider (Photo by Lorraine Harris)

Long-tailed Pygmy Possum (or is it a stiff-tailed    one :-)   ?)                   (Photo by Katrin Schmidt)


All photos taken here



There are more species of possums and gliders in this area than anywhere else in Australia or the world.
We have rainforest specialists as well as species that mainly feed on eucalyptus leaves.                                                                         Common Brushtail Possums here interbreed with Coppery Brushtails, which results in some bi-coloured individuals. As both species are not shy at all, you'll be able to watch them ambling past the veranda in the early evening, on their way to check the bird feeder for left-over fruit.  

AND there are the Yellow-bellied Gliders, that make incisions into the bark of the Red Mahogany trees, to feed on the resulting sap exudate. These feed trees also attract Feathertail Gliders, Sugar Gliders, and a variety of birds and insects during the day.                                        Yellow-bellied Gliders are very vocal creatures, and you can sometimes hear their characteristic calls when they are travelling through the forest. It is one of the weirdest calls you will ever hear!

On the ground you may see Red-legged Pademelons, Swamp Wallabies AND a loud crashing thump lets you know that a Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo saw you first and jumped out of a tree.

Our little creek runs for most of the year, and you might spot a platypus or a similar-sized water rat (which is a very attractive-looking rodent).

At night very industrious bandicoots are poking their noses into the mulch layer and leaving cone-shaped holes behind, in their search for beetle larvae and other tasty morsels. Some are even bold enough to forage in the early afternoon in broad daylight.


Following is a list of the mammals on our property:

MAMMALS SPECIES LIST (observed on our property)

 R: resident                
O: occasional            

(): seen nearby        

Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus R since February 2018
Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus R
Yellow-footed Antechinus Antechinus flavipes R
Northern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon macrourus R
Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles nasuta R
Long-tailed Pygmy Possum Cercartetus caudatus R
Striped Possum Dactylopsila trivirgata R
Yellow-bellied Glider, northern
Petaurus australis (unnamed subspecies) R
Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps R
Lemuroid Ringtail Possum Hemibelideus lemuroides R
Greater Glider Petauroides volans minor R
Green Ringtail Possum Pseudochirops archeri R
Herbert River Ringtail Possum Pseudochirulus herbertensis O
Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus (O)
Broad-toed Feathertail Glider Acrobates frontalis R
Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula R
Coppery Brushtail Possum Trichosurus johnstonii R
Rufous Bettong Aepyprymnus rufescens (R)
Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo Dendrolagus lumholtzi R
Red-legged Pademelon Thylogale stigmatica R
Swamp Wallaby Wallabia bicolor R
Northern Blossom Bat Syconicteris australis O
Eastern Tube-nosed Bat Nyctimene robinsoni R
Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus R
Little Red Flying Fox Pteropus scapulatus seasonal
Eastern Long-eared Bat Nyctophylus bifax R
Fawn-footed Melomys Melomys cervinipes R
Water Rat Hydromys chrysogaster R
House Mouse Mus musculus R
Bush Rat Rattus fuscipes (R)
Swamp Rat Rattus lutreolus (R)




Tree-kangaroo with joey (photo by Geoff Collins)       ...and here they are in the same tree near the

                                                                             cabin 3 months later.