Tim writes: This photograph was a lot more difficult to take than it looks. Once a Skylark has started to sing he rises up and rarely comes down. And when he does appear, it is usually too far away to capture. I photographed this one early morning after a night of heavy rain. This hay meadow was soaking wet and I watched a Skylark land in the wet grass. I focussed on the spot for several minutes until he eventually rose giving me a vanishingly quick photo-opportunity.
The Lark Ascending was originally a poem by George Meredith* which inspired Vaughan Williams to compose his piece 33 years later in 1914. “He drops the silver chain of sound” is a line from Meredith’s poem which describes the song quite well.
Taken with Nikon D500 Nikkor 300mm f4 with 1.4x converter (420mm) set at f5.6 1/1000 ISO 250
- see Skylark in Remarkable Birds