WATCH: Weather phenomenon over Hilbre Island captured on video in a series of amazing time lapses

LightandTime Productions filmed this stunning time-lapse of a sun dog crossing the skies over Hilbre Island on Sunday.

Parhelia (sun dogs or mock suns) are an optical effect produced when the low sun shines through high altitude cirrus cloud.

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When the ice crystals in such clouds are descending in a horizontal configuration they can produce these bright, often rainbow coloured patches, 22º either side of the sun.

Sun dogs are most conspicuous when the Sun is close to the horizon and can be seen anywhere in the world.

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Andy from LightandTime Productions said: “Cirrus cloud had been building up all day so I thought a decent sunset might be on the cards, and as I was leaving the house I saw a dim circumhorizontal arc, another optical effect that often precedes parhelia”.

“I’m working out some technical stuff and the estuary is 5 mins walk from my home, it is also rather pretty at this time of year, with the sun setting just off the Welsh coast”.

“I still wasn’t really prepared though and made lots of mistakes, but I did get a few nice shots”.