I recently ventured out to Sunnymede, a scenic park located at the east end of Grand Ave in Fort Smith, Arkansas, that was recommended by a friend for its abundant birds. I was eager to explore the park’s picturesque trail and capture some stunning bird shots.
As I strolled down the path, I encountered an unusual sight – a pair of Opossums mating right beside the trail! The moment was rare and exciting, and I immediately took a few photos.
Observing Opossums mating is a unique experience that few people get to witness. These nocturnal marsupials usually mate between January and July, with the peak mating season in February and March. During this time, male Opossums actively search for females, and mating can last for several hours.
It’s fascinating to know that female Opossums have two reproductive tracts, which allows them to carry and nurse two litters simultaneously. The gestation period for Opossums is only 13 days, and the young ones, called joeys, stay in their mother’s pouch for up to 2 months.
As a wildlife photographer, witnessing such a momentous event reminded me of the importance of respecting nature and its inhabitants. Sunnymede proved to be a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts like me, and I can’t wait to revisit the park and explore more of its hidden treasures.
- Camera: Canon EOS R7
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Sunnymede Park, Fort Smith (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: May 3, 2023 (06:50 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 6400 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: +0.3
- Focal Length: 500 mm
I love ‘possums! I will be staying in Ft. Smith this upcoming Wed and Thur and will check it out. I always go to Sequoyah NWR, too, when I am out in that direction.