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Moving moments of kingfisher family

2010-06-23 03:42:31 GMT2010-06-23 11:42:31 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The kingfisher spots a fish below the surface and takes a premise aim (L) before entering the water like a dart by tucking in its wings to snap up its catch. (Photo Source: CRIOnline/Agencies)

In the cosy confines of a riverbank nest, this dedicated female kingfisher feeds her eight-day-old chicks, one at a time, with fish such as minnows and sticklebacks.(Photo Source: CRIOnline/Agencies)

Mum and Dad take it in turns to find fish for their chicks. Here the male brings his catch back to the nest. (Photo Source: CRIOnline/Agencies)

All that eating is tiring work. Their appetites satisfied, the kingfisher chicks are ready for a rest. One even appears to be yawning in its mum's direction. (Photo Source: CRIOnline/Agencies)

The chicks settle down to sleep under their father's warm plumage. (Photo Source: CRIOnline/Agencies)

BEIJING, June 23(Xinhuanet) -- Recently, British photographer and lifelong kingfisher enthusiast Charlie Hamilton James captured a set of photos which recorded the daily life of a kingfisher family inside their nest, according to British newspaper Daily Mail.

It was surprising that the kingfisher parents shared their childcare duties, just as human beings. They even fed their kids in turn.

Here's a look at those moving moments:

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