Welcome to David
Element's Wildlife Web Pages...1
portrayed in their natural surroundings....
HAIRY-FOOTED FLOWER BEE Anthophora
- David has
recently uploaded over 360 short films to YouTube (from February
2013) on the 'DavidPElement' channel. These may be
located by searching for "david element" in the YouTube search engine': http://www.youtube.com/ . These videos
have been edited to illustrate authentic animal behaviour as you would
expect to see it - i.e. you will be able to observe wild creatures
behaving naturally in their own habitats as opposed to seeing artificially
concentrated and dramatically edited bursts of activity so typical of
television wildlife films. The film clips have been made using small
digital video cameras, often positioned at very close range to the
subjects. Any background noises are incidental and often of human origin.
There is a short descriptive introduction for each film and they are
presented without any verbal commentary.
further information and illustrations please see: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/davidelement/bookcovers.htm:
- David is in
the process of publishing an ongoing series of 21 x 28cm high quality full
colour hardback books (October 2011 - present). In order to
cater for individual customer requirements some of these titles are also
available in smaller and/or softcover formats (see specifications) and as
their contents may be viewed in full by using the hyperlinks below on-line
potential purchasers are advised to take full advantage of this facility
prior to buying any books. The titles currently available are:
- These books may be previewed in
full on-line (they
are best viewed at a 150% screen setting using Google Chrome, Firefox or
an IE9-compatible setting as the page-turning software may not be
functional with older browsers). Note that these
publications may be revised at any time as new photographic material becomes
- Please use the following link
for Terms and
Conditions for Use of Material. It has become apparent that certain other web
sites have been advertising illegally
copied images from these pages and from other
photography web sites as 'royalty-free'
permission has been sought for the use of these photographs and none has
been granted (their use is therefore in breach of international
copyright law - see: COPYRIGHT page for
clarification) and it may be considered to be an act of theft. There are
two legally acceptable processes whereby the photographs shown on these
pages may be obtained at high enough resolution for reproduction, namely
by contacting the photographer directly by e-mail or by purchasing them
from a legitimate photographic agency (full details are available by using
the hyperlink at the beginning of this paragraph). It is perfectly
acceptable for the images to be printed at low resolution for non profit-making private use but they may not be
reproduced on other web sites or in any other form of publication without
the express permission of the photographer.
- Navigation on this
website has been designed to be as simple as possible both within and
between subject types. If you go to the Site Index page and
click on a title or a thumbnail image then this will open the first
subject-specific page. If you click on a number you will open the selected
page within a subject. You may then navigate within that subject or return
to the Site Index
page as desired. Alternatively the Common Name or Scientific
Name Indexes may be used if the identity of
a subject is already known or suspected. The links on these pages will
lead directly to one or more pages containing photograph(s) of the named
subject(s). Both of these indexes have been arranged in alphabetical order
although for the Scientific Name Index this applies to generic names only.
Having at long last added up a total it has been discovered that there are
illustrations of over 800
animal species included on this site.
- Numerous HTML keyword meta-tags have
been inserted to facilitate detailed species searches in English and Latin
and these are now available via
many search engines. As these name tags have been entered as separate
words (and some English names are very non-specific) it is suggested that
a search is entered using the Latin (scientific) name in lower case and
with each word in quotation marks as follows: Generic name + Specific name, e.g. "chrysotoxum"+
"festivum". This will
narrow the search considerably and save time.
- These thumbnails will directly
connect the user to the original pages where full size images of the
required subject(s) will be displayed. Note that in some cases the
thumbnails will be other subjects from the same pages and that the
copyright of certain images on this site may belong to other
photographers. As the search engine images have been cached some links
will lead to revised pages or dead ends if the URLs have been revised.
Search engines may restrict their thumbnail displays to a maximum of about
1,000 (random) images, meaning that a substantial proportion of the
pictures on this site may be omitted unless a more specific search is
performed - e.g. by using the scientific name of the required species.
- The photographic content of
this site is constantly being upgraded and higher quality digital images
are being added as they become available (see Site
Announcements for details).
- There are now about 1,400 of
the author's own photographs on this website and several guest
photographer pages have also been included. See Site Index for full
details of these and David's other linked
wildlife web pages. It is hoped that these pictures will
help to stimulate an interest in the Natural World. Some of the images may
also be useful for identification and certain pages have been deliberately
formulated with this purpose in mind. Other pages simply present general
illustrations of their subject matter.
- Accurate identification to
species level is not
always possible from photographs and serious students of
Natural History will be aware of the need for academic reference material
(see below). Most of the illustrations are of British species with some
additional images from France, Northern Spain and Italy. Comprehensive
coverage should not be expected - for example there are in excess of
23,000 species of insect in the UK alone and no individual could
reasonably be expected to find, identify and photograph them all! There
are also restrictions on the available web space, so colourful or easily
recognisable species may have been given priority on some pages.
BLACK GUILLEMOT Cepphus grylle (m)
- The photographer accepts full
responsibility for any misidentifications and would be grateful for any
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org from
authoritative sources if any incorrect captions are noticed as this helps
to improve the quality of the data on this site.
- Please note
that unsolicited e-mails will be deleted without being opened if
the subject message is unclear or if the sender has not been fully
identified as the author does not wish to import computer viruses. Any
e-mail photograph attachments should be of low resolution only,
sent as individual messages for each photograph and the date (if known)
and location should be given.
- Correct identification of such
a wide range of subjects is very demanding, particularly as a spare-time
pursuit, and although all of the included subjects have been carefully
vetted some errors will be inevitable. Classification of species is under
constant scrutiny and scientific (Latin) names may have been modified
since the source reference works were written. Correspondents should note
that it is impossible to identify many invertebrates even with the aid of
a good quality reference photograph or a detailed description unless they
are particularly distinctive. There are many examples on-line of
identifications based on a superficial resemblance to entirely different
species. Several of the linked websites provide much more extensive and
expert coverage of particular groups (see below).
- A short bibliography has been
given at the end of each title page. The listed works are mainly British
reference books which will provide an in-depth analysis of their subjects.
Certain books may be out of print but these may sometimes be available
from libraries or the second-hand book market. Recommended suppliers like
- Pembury Books http://www.pembooks.demon.co.uk/
- E. W. Classey http://www.classeybooks.com/
- NHBS http://www.nhbs.com/ or
- Subbuteo http://www.wildlifebooks.com/ will send free
catalogues upon request although much of the information contained should
also be available on the suppliers' websites. Some areas of Natural
History are very demanding and they may therefore be less well studied
than the popular subjects and poorly represented in print with very few
good books currently available. The above suppliers also advertise many
top quality Continental publications and these are often illustrated
to a very high standard.
- There are ever-increasing numbers
of excellent websites covering a broad range of Natural History subjects
and some of these have been identified for reference purposes with
hyperlinks provided for instant access from these pages. Most notable
amongst these is the award winning 'ARKive'
website: http://www.arkive.org/index.html. In many
cases these sites contain links of their own and these will open up access
to a wealth of useful information. Hyperlinks to this site are also being
provided by an increasing number of
other websites from Britain and abroad. These links are
welcomed although the content of these sites is outside of the editorial
control of the author and the accuracy of the information given cannot
therefore be guaranteed. External links may become obsolete without the
author's knowledge. The book and website lists are updated periodically.
- The names of specific locations
have deliberately been omitted in order to protect the more vulnerable
species from disturbance or collection.
- One other issue - please read
the COPYRIGHT page for an
explanation of the legal
issues associated with the use of Internet website
of the photographs or text from this website may be reproduced in any form
without the express permission of the author. This would constitute a
breach of intellectual copyright law and legal action may be taken.
Please see Site
Announcements/Terms and Conditions for Use of Material.
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Site established December 2000
(Latest Update: 28/4/2014)
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