By Jamie Smith

This quick little creature made a lunge for its lunch and came out with a meal fit for a Kingfisher.

The perfectly-timed action shot was snapped by 56-year-old wildlife photographer Mike Dunlevy at the River Tern, near Market Drayton, Shropshire on a frosty day last month.

Pic by Mike Dunlevy/Caters News

Mike, who runs wildlife photography workshops, said he was left feeling as satisfied as the little bird that she had made her catch.

He said: “The perched female kingfisher spotted her prey, a small tench, and dived through the area cleared in the ice only to return to another perch with her lunch.

Pic by Mike Dunlevy/Caters News

“I felt happy. Half of the kingfisher population die during their first winter, and helping them catch some fish keeps them alive.”