It could be a fairytale. Two lovers meet, settle down and start a family.
Except it's the love story of two rare birds who found a home and have now welcomed at least two new additions to their family.
Two rare Australasian crested grebes who shacked up on Lake Te Anau weeks ago have now had chicks.
Department of Conservation ranger Carol Gardner built a home raft for the pair earlier in the season, when they were in search of somewhere to settle down and start a family.
The chicks, born a fortnight ago, were the best Christmas present she could ask for, she said.
"It's very exciting. It just makes you feel really good."