To Be Seen on Not To Be Seen Series
In this series of five books, author and photographer, Dave Taylor explores how animals use their colours and behaviours to either avoid being seen or to advertise their presence. The series, To Be Seen of Not To Be Seen, was created b to be used by educators, parents and students as a means to learn about our natural world.
These eBooks are only available through Amazon and are designed for Amazon's Kindle Reader. The Kindle Reader is a free app for your device. The titles below are linked to the Amazon Canada page where you will find a free sample of each book.
To Be Seen or Not To Be Seen Series
Book I: Hiding in Plain Sight presents animals that rely on camouflage to hide in the open.
Book II: Under Cover looks at how animals use both camouflage and cover to avoid being seen.
Book III: Herds and Flocks examines how living in groups helps an animal to avoid being seen.
Book IV: Need to be Seen explores how animals use visuals and sounds to be seen.
Book V: Eggs and Babies looks at how young animals use colour to help them survive.
Book I: Hiding in Plain Sight
This is the first of a series of books on how animals either avoid being seen or use their color, behaviour and vocalizations to attract attention. It is lavishly illustrated with images selected to illustrate the ideas discussed and to enable further discussion about how animals survive in their world.
Dave Taylor's Video Resources for: Hiding in Plain Sight
Impala Ewes and Calves
Snowy Owl The Blizzard
Book II: Under Cover
This is the second eBook in my To Be Seen or Not To Be Seen Series. The first eBook looked at how animals use camouflage to hide in the open. In Under Cover wildlife uses both camouflage and natural objects to make them even less visible. Predators rely on this to get closer to their prey or to hide in ambush. Prey species employ the same techniques to avoid detection. It literally is a matter of life and death. A variety of mammals, birds and reptiles are featured.
Dave Taylor's Video Resources for: Under Cover
Leopards in Trees
Black Bear Green Forest
Book III: Herds and Flocks
This eBook explores how animals benefit from living in larger groups. It is the third eBook in the series To Be Seen of Not To Be Seen. However a group of animals is referred to (for example: herd, flock, sleuth, murder or school are just a few terms among many such names) it still comes down to the age old truism: there is safety in numbers. An individual organism can get lost amongst its own kind.
Dave Taylor's Video Resources for: Herds and Flocks
Crocodile & Wildebeest: Mara River Crossing, Serengeti N.P.
Snow Geese: Fall Migration
Long-tailed Ducks; December
Book IV: Need to Be Seen
But there is more to group living than just safety in numbers. And truth be told, predators do manage to prey on herd animals whether or not the action takes place on land, sea or in the air. Then there are other things to consider. What determines how big a herd can grow to be? Why do adult males often leave the safety of the herd to live more solitary lives? How does herd size vary in different environments?
Photographed on location around the world this eBook presents a vivid picture of the pros and cons on living together.
There are times when an animal needs to hide from view and times when it has a Need to be Seen. There are risks involved in advertising its presence: predators can see it too, and because the animal is so involved in letting others of its species know where it is it is distracted and more vulnerable.
Along with the risks come some advantages. The animals behaviour attracts the attention of potential mates. The actions of some species help stake out a territory that will provide food and shelter for a new family. It increases competition with others of its kind ensuring that only the healthiest, strongest will mate.
This eBook explores the ways some mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects go about getting themselves noticed as they seek to reproduce.
There is another reason that some animals need to be seen. They want to avoid being eaten. Bold colours and patterns warn would be predators that the animal is one to be avoided.
Dave Taylor's Video Resources for: Need to be Seen
Song of the Cardinal
Song of the Gator
Song of the Toad
Book V: Eggs and Babies
The most vulnerable stage of any animal's life is when its life begins. Eggs and Babies (Book V) is the story of how some species try to beat the odds. The goal is give their young the best chance to survive those first few critical hours, day and months so that the babies reach adulthood. Of course if every young animal survived that would be a problem for the ecosystem. There could be so many of the species that there is not enough food. It is a game of chance, literally a matter of life and death.
This eBook explores some of the many strategies that animals use to avoid loosing their offspring to predation. Whether it be by playing injured (like the killdeer does), nesting on steep cliffs, forming a pride or seeking the protection of a herd the goal is the same, life.
Dave Taylor's Video Resources for: Eggs and Babies
Yellow Warbler Nest
White-tailed Deer Fawn