Ad­ven­ture time

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By John Lewis

Spring is the time for new ar­rivals, learn­ing lessons and par­ent­ing is­sues.

These two tawny frog­mouth chicks were spot­ted on a pine tree branch at Shep­par­ton golf course at the week­end.

The sib­lings were perched a few inches away from their par­ents — mum sit­ting ner­vously on the nest and dad equally watch­ful but blend­ing eas­ily into the scenery.

Goul­burn Bro­ken Man­age­ment Catch­ment Author­ity land and bio­di­ver­sity pro­gram manger Steve Wil­son said tawny frog­mouths are com­mon in our river bush­lands and usu­ally pro­duce be­tween one and three eggs at this time of year.

An in­sect diet means they are of­ten found on the edges of ur­ban devel­op­ments, at­tracted by the night life swarm­ing un­der street­lights.

Mr Wil­son said both par­ents work to­gether for more than two months to in­cu­bate the eggs and raise their chicks.

Hard work for a while, but with no mort­gage and 10 months hol­i­day, not a bad life­style at all.

Pic­tures: Ray Sizer

Dou­ble trou­ble: Don’t worry — we’ve got each other.

Beady eye: Mum keeps the nest warm, while her chicks have an ad­ven­ture.

Cam­ou­flage king: I’m watch­ing — so don’t try any­thing clever.

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