If the winter chill does not keep you indoors at night, you may hear the love song of the Southern Boobook Owl.
The official breeding season does not start until next month, but many boobooks are already serenading their partner to just snuggle up with until the time comes to mate for offspring.
Coupled-up boobooks have a special language of love only for their mate. Their normal call is a simple double hoot, but to his chosen one the male will call with a typical ‘pot-pot-por.'
If you hear this call, look around. You might catch the lovely sight of the pair sitting close together, deep in conversation.
If any of your boobooks are still single during breeding season from August to September, you may hear the exasperated harsh, unsteady call of an un-coupled male boobook trying desperately to find a mate.
Eavesdropping on your owls requires patience. If the birds sense you, they may fall silent immediately and pretend to be branches of their tree, turning sideways, sitting very upright and holding their feathers as close to their body as they can.
Having boobook owls in your backyard or neighbourhood is not only a treat for the romantics though. Gardeners will appreciate their services as pest control especially for House Mouse and insect issues.
They live happily in almost any leafy neighbourhood in Australia, and if you enjoy the company of these gentle owls, be a boobook buddy.
Go easy on the garden chemicals which can poison their food and think about offering a nest box big enough for a boobook family of five. From laying eggs to baby owls emerging takes about 10 weeks, but your reward will be two fluffy chicks that will stay with their parents for up to three months.