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.
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.