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 Red Mahogany trees, to feed on the resulting sap exudate. These feed trees also attract Feathertail Gliders, Sugar Gliders, the odd Striped Possum 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. Rufous Bettongs live in the drier part of our forest.
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.
Little Red Flying-Foxes visit our flowering Red Mahoganies for several weeks in summer, and Dingoes can sometimes be heard howling on a nearby hill.
You might spot a transient Agile Wallaby, usually a young male looking for a new mob.
Large mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos live only minutes away from us.
The following list is not complete, but will give you an idea of what you may see around the Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers’ Cabin:
Mammals (observed on our property)
R : resident
O : occasional
( ): seen nearby
Northern Brown Bandicoot
Long-tailed Pygmy Possum
Yellow-bellied Glider, northern subspecies
Petaurus australis (unnamed subspecies)
Lemuroid Ringtail Possum
Petauroides volans minor
Green Ringtail Possum
Herbert River Ringtail Possum
Common Ringtail Possum
Broad-toed Feathertail Glider
Common Brushtail Possum
Coppery Brushtail Possum
Northern Blossom Bat
Eastern Tube-nosed Bat
Spectacled Flying Fox
Little Red Flying Fox
Eastern Long-eared Bat
Giant White-tailed Rat
Canis lupus dingo
All photos taken on our property