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                                                                                  HAIRY-FOOTED FLOWER BEE Anthophora plumipes (m)




For reasons beyond my control and in common with other loyal customers I have been forced into finding a new host for my web site more than 17 years after it was originally established. Following two takeovers of the original host company all support for existing web sites was essentially summarily dropped with little advance notice, consideration or apparent concern about the amount of work that might have been required to create and maintain the affected sites. It will take some time for the pages to be reloaded and for the numerous hyperlinks to be altered but there are a couple of advantages to be gained, principally the availability of additional space for site expansion (this is liberating as there was a significant constraint on the amount of content that could previously have been displayed) and the opportunity to upgrade the existing pages and simplify the hyperlinks. Patience will be required both by myself and for users of the site as this is a complex process that applies to every page and it is a painstaking task as even a single incorrect character will cause an erroneous hyperlink to fail. At this point in time (28/3/2020) I have been reconstructing the site indexes as the revised pages are created and uploaded. I am aware that the format of these needs updating but they were first set up 20 years ago using contemporary software and raw html data (things have since moved on) and installed links that should operate correctly once the pages have been reloaded. As I work my way through them, I have been updating many of the photographs, modifying the text and simplifying the hyperlinks and as a consequence the pages for certain listed subjects may be temporarily unavailable and some links may be dead or missing. I have also been adding hyperlinks to my videos of the same subjects on YouTube so that they may be seen in action although these can be also viewed independently! Just to complicate matters further some scientific names have also become obsolete since the site was established so these may need to be amended too and if there are any suspected identification errors these are also being investigated and corrected. Feedback from experts in any field is always welcomed if identification discrepancies are spotted as no individual can realistically be expected to have a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the natural world! Having never counted them I have also discovered that there are many more pages than I thought there were! However, since 17th August 2018 more than 660 pages have already either been uploaded again or newly added to the site so steady progress has been made. There is still a long way to go (>140 pages still requiring revision) and users will understand that I need to devote time to other projects including taking, identifying and labelling the many photographs that are required to construct a web site like this one or for producing publications or films. Until recently I had been concentrating mainly on the Birds pages as I had many new photographs to add. All the existing and recently written Birds pages (1 – 227) are now functional and further subjects will be added in due course. There are still some omissions, but it is important to update the other subjects too. Note that the BOU vernacular names are being used so some of these species will be found with prefixes – for example ‘Eurasian’. Scientific names are unaffected but searches will need to be performed using the generic names. I have also separated the Amphibians and Reptiles pages into separate categories. The existing Dragonflies and Damselflies pages have all been reloaded (there are additional new pages waiting to be written), Grasshoppers and Crickets, Mantids, Phasmids, Bugs, Neuroptera, Butterflies, Moths, Flies, Hymenoptera, Beetles pages are also being reloaded and in some cases these are being expanded to allocate individual pages to each species, to further categorise subjects according to their classification or to add new ones.  For example, the Bugs pages have recently been replaced in their entirety and expanded to include new subjects or to provide broader coverage for those that had previously been displayed using only limited available space. For many of the invertebrate pages it has been necessary to locate the appropriate images, remove any dust-shadows and copy the photographs prior to inserting them – a very time-consuming, repetitive and tedious process! This has not always been possible for older scanned photographs so some may have been inserted ‘warts and all’ if newer material has not been available. I have also been switching between subjects to retain my sanity! The linked Railways, Aircraft and Boats pages (essentially parallel web sites with their own index pages that may be accessed by using this COPYRIGHT link) have now been fully updated, meaning that it will now be possible to concentrate on filling in any remaining gaps in the wildlife pages. Certain hyperlinks will not function until these new or revised pages have been written and uploaded and some may become redundant. Some subjects may disappear entirely if the illustrations are not up to standard or if there is uncertainty about the accuracy of their identification (reference material may be limited!). The site contents may be accessed by using the Common and Scientific (Generic) Name Indexes. At the time of writing the revised URLs have begun to appear on Google searches and most of the picture or web page searches that will come up are now relevant although some searches links will prove to be redundant – or belonging to web sites offering illegally obtained copies of my photographs or films!  The eventual net result of this upheaval will be a more up-to-date and better illustrated site incorporating images of a wider range of subjects. I would offer an apology had any of this been my fault – but it wasn’t!


Please note that although the original URLs for this web site http://www.david.element.ukgateway.net and http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/davidelement/ are no longer operational these links have been included in some publications and would-be users of this site may still be trying to use them. Therefore they have been included on this page for detection by search engines as no redirection pages have been provided by the previous ISP! If you have managed to find this page then you are in the right place!

Best regards to all,




David has uploaded over 770 short films to YouTube (since February 2013) on the 'DavidPElement' channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFfP_L5WKGGl4iVcf-srBdg?view_as=public. 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. Note that some of David’s films are now being exclusively marketed by Newsflare (see company web site for details of terms and conditions).

New Books

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: https://www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/search/1/15/45089 any potential purchasers are advised to take full advantage of this facility prior to buying any books. Some of the published books are in the process of being updated to improve their content and if potential customers are interested to know about work ‘in progress’ then I can be contacted by e-mail.

Photographic Agency Galleries

A gallery of David’s photographs available for purchase at high resolution from the Avalon/PhotoshotNHPA Agencies may be viewed at: http://www.photoshot.com/search_frame.jsp?submited=1&&&page=search.jsp&no_providers=1&no_orientation=1&no_extras_options=1&sorting=sort_rel&h_cid=&p_cid%5B0%5D=&al=1&srcIn=&from_date=&to_date=&keywords=b3432+b3875&search_method=0&isid%5B%5D=4&cid%5B0%5D=ALL_C_ED&cid%5B1%5D=&rnd=1syOcuHO.

Photographs are also being marketed via the AgeFotostock Agency at: https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/Search.aspx?author=David+Element.

Social Media

David is a regular contributor to Twitter and more than 6,000 of his most recent photographs are on display in his gallery at: https://twitter.com/davidelement1. 

Personal Profile

Please see https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-element-68b11129/. David’s LinkedIn profile contains photographic/video galleries and a list of publications including books.

Illegal Copying!

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' wallpaper. No 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 and it may be considered to be an act of theft that could lead to possible prosecution). 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 hyperlinks provided). It is perfectly acceptable for the images to be printed at low resolution for non-profit-making personal or private educational 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. There is also another ethical aspect regarding the reproduction of photographs of animals that have been taken in wild and free conditions, namely that they should be portrayed in an authentic and non-manipulated manner if they are reproduced in any format.

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. 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!




                                                     BLACK GUILLEMOT Cepphus grylle (m)




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