A possum's diet is mainly plant-based i.e. leaves, fresh gum tips and flowers; however, they also occasionally eat insects, eggs and meat. An open compost bin in a backyard becomes an enticing smorgasbord for a hungry urban possum.
Possums are nocturnal and omnivorous, hiding in a nest in a hollow tree during the day, and coming out during the night to forage for food. They fill much the same role in the Australian ecosystem that squirrels fill in the northern hemisphere, and are broadly similar in appearance.
There are pygmy possum too.
White Lemuroid Possum may be extinct
The Common Heath comes in a variety of colours – scarlet, crimson, rose pink and white.
The tubular flowers of the Common Heath have nectar at the bottom and pollen near its opening. Pollination occurs thanks to Honeyeaters who put their beaks deep into the flower so that they can drink the nectar and in the process they pick up pollen on their heads. The microscopic pollen grains have narrow fins on them which are designed to slide between the edges of feathers so that they are carried away by the bird.
Which brings me to the Honeyeater
Although honeyeaters look and behave very much like other nectar-feeding passerines around the world (such as the sunbirds and flowerpeckers), they are unrelated, and the similarities are the consequence of convergent evolution.
Honeyeaters prefer to flit quickly from perch to perch in the outer foliage, stretching up or sideways or hanging upside down at need. Many genera have a highly developed brush-tipped tongue, longer in some species than others, frayed and fringed with bristles which soak up liquids readily.