This expression is commonly used in Colombia to say that a son/daughter behaves/does something similar to his/her father and therefore it's easy to tell they are relatives.
Él hizo lo mismo que su padre hizo cuando era joven. "De tal palo tal astilla"
He did exactly the same thing his father did when he was young. He takes after his father/Like father like son/The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree
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