19 photos
In 2008, I have observed six nests in the Melbourne area. Two chicks were hatched at a nest in West Melbourne in mid-April. I spent several early mornings and evenings watching and photographing the chicks in their early development.

Another chick was hatched in early May in the Suntree area of Melbourne. The second egg should hatch soon.
YawningCrane nestingAdjusting the NestSitting and waitingUltimate SecurityResting on My WingsChick in NestTasty BugReady for WaterLegs and NecksBacklit ChickSibling RivalryReady to Swim?Finding FoodSpeaking UpHole in the EggJust HatchedFeed me!Wandering Chick