In its native land the possum is up against dingoes, bush fires and less palatable vegetation. In New Zealand there are no predators and lots of very palatable vegetation. As a result, possums have a huge impact on New Zealand ecosystems.
I have had a possum trap set for a few days under my plum tree with no success. I use a piece of carrot with Chinese Five Spice as the attractant. Yesterday afternoon I put more of the spice on the carrot. Last night I went to bed at about 10.15 and shortly afterwards I heard the trap go off. (It is a Timms Trap that kills them).
This morning just after 6 a.m. I managed, with some difficulty, to remove the possum from the trap and, as the carrot had not been touched I re-set it leaving it covered during the day.
This afternoon I was sitting on the middle terrace with a friend eating an ice cream when a Tui came down to my "home-made" bird bath. It had a great bath throwing water everywhere and wasn't worried about us sitting talking a few feet away. It flew up into the Puriri tree for a few minutes then back down for another bath.
I then got my camera but before it came back Roger arrived to mow the lawns so I got the washing in and we went indoors. Hopefully, I will get a chance to take a video some other day.