Welcome to David
Element's Wildlife Web Pages...1
portrayed in their natural surroundings....
HAIRY-FOOTED FLOWER BEE Anthophora
- David has
uploaded over 450 short films to YouTube (since February
2013) on the 'DavidPElement' channel at: https://plus.google.com/110916630238965221876/posts. Alternatively
these films 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.
- David is in the
process of publishing an ongoing series of high quality full colour
hardback books. In order to cater for individual customer
requirements some of these titles are also available in smaller and/or
softcover formats and as their contents may be viewed in full on-line by
using this hyperlink: http://www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/author/45089/57313 any potential purchasers are advised to
take full advantage of this facility prior to buying any books. Further information and
illustrations of the front covers of most of the available titles may also
be seen at: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/davidelement/bookcovers.htm.
- Please use the following link for
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
- Navigation on this website
has been designed to be as simple as possible both within and between
subject types. The Species Common
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. There are illustrations of over 800 animal
species included on this site.
you go to the Site Index page and click on
a title 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
- 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, Italy and Switzerland.
Comprehensive coverage should not be expected - for example there are almost
24,000 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
- 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 and although all of the included
subjects have been carefully vetted some errors will be inevitable.
Classification of species is under constant scrutiny and certain
scientific 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 erroneous identifications based on 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: 8/12/2015)
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