Catch of the day! Kingfisher swoops into icy lake to capture its dinner

A wildlife photographer has captured the incredible moment a female kingfisher hovered above a frozen lake before swooping below the surface to catch a fish.  

Photographer Mark Hughes, 58, from Yorkshire, cut a small hole in the frozen lake in Leeds to allow the kingfisher to plunge beneath the ice to catch its prey. 

Mark revealed how he was ‘amazed’ to see the vivid blue bird hovering above the hole he had made after it was unable to catch its fish due to the freezing conditions.

‘The lake froze over during the cold weather,’ Mark told The Sun

‘And, to my amazement, the kingfisher started to hover over the hole in the ice, dived in and caught a fish.’ 

Cold conditions are expected to remain for the rest of the week after the UK experienced freezing temperatures last week. 

Photographer Mark Hughes, 58, from Yorkshire, cut a small hole in the frozen lake in Leeds to allow the kingfisher to plunge beneath the ice to catch its prey

Photographer Mark Hughes, 58, from Yorkshire, cut a small hole in the frozen lake in Leeds to allow the kingfisher to plunge beneath the ice to catch its prey

Mark revealed how he was 'amazed' when the vivid blue bird plunged beneath the frozen lake

Mark revealed how he was ‘amazed’ when the vivid blue bird plunged beneath the frozen lake 

The kingfisher swooped beneath the surface to capture the fish in the freezing conditions

The kingfisher swooped beneath the surface to capture the fish in the freezing conditions 

The beautiful bird emerged with the fish in her beak and showed off her incredible blue feathers

The beautiful bird emerged with the fish in her beak and showed off her incredible blue feathers

The kingfisher is seen flying away with the fish in her mouth after skilfully catching the prey

The kingfisher is seen flying away with the fish in her mouth after skilfully catching the prey 

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