Just got back to camp after midnight ( been on baby-sitting duty ). Very hot day and still pleasant outdoors so we were enjoying a coffee outside before retiring to bed when we were disturbed by a scurrying noise- a possum ran right past us and climbed the tree next to the campsite.
Waited in the dark for a few minutes to see if he came down again; watched a shooting star display, then down he climbed and scuttled off.
Cute ears, black tail- Ness reckons he was a juvenile due to size and coat condition, assuming NZ possums the same as the Aussie ones.
This may well explain why James dog has a few nights when she barks frantically, we had assumed it was nocturnal kangaroos, but maybe possums abound.