Out of its drey

Two nights back I was woken by a deep hoot, coming from our front yard. It was the unmistakable call of a Powerful Owl – no surprise as a juvenile had ‘called by’ on Xmas eve, allowing a few glimpses before disappearing into the night. I suspect our yard is part of a regular route – a place to seek out a favourite meal of possum. We have both Common Brushtail and Common Ringtail Possums in the garden. The former prefers the safety of a tree-hollow during the day, while our garden Ring-tail shelters in a stick nest, also known as a drey. While watering the garden yesterday I disturbed it from the drey, located at head height in a paperbark.


The ‘nest’ or drey of a Common Ringtail Possum, Wyndham Street Newstead, 10th January 2016.


Common Ringtail.





4 responses to “Out of its drey

  1. Ringtail is my dreaming! I just discovered 2 drey’s in the trees here at the Melbourne office in Preston.

  2. What a great find, Geoff, and excellent shots! I know I have ringtails here in my 1/2 acre jungle-like block but didn’t know what the dreys looked like until your post. I’ll be keeping a look out from now on.

  3. Thanks Jane – we are lucky to have them within metres of the house, they run the gauntlet with the Powerful Owls!
    Cheers, geoff

  4. Good on you Erica – great to catch up at Newstead Live!
    Cheers, geoff

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