Dionysias in Iran
Dionysias somehow remind me of those boxes of Quality Street that we used to get at Christmas, the intense pink fudgy one and the brilliant yellow toffees! This year’s trip to the Iranian Zagros, was if you are into Dionysias, like visiting the proverbial sweet shop. We found no less than fifteen species in bloom, and my what bloom.
Wolves on Arctic Canada trip
As we took off from Yellowknife bound for Bathurst Inlet we were talking about whether we would see Arctic Wolf but as it turned out when we landed there we were already in state of exaltation. We had landed half way up to refuel and there, unbelievably, on the edge of the gravel runway was a fabulous Arctic Wolf, pure white, and clearly at the height of its powers. We taxied back and forth in front of it taking photographs.
Engadine Lodge Canadian Rockies
My brother very calmly said without seeming to move his lips let alone do any pointing “there’s a Lynx staring at me five metres away”.
Our first night boat trip along the Sendero River in the Montes Azul National park in Chiapas was successful with two Kinkajous spotted and great views of Paraques, Crocodiles, Pottos and the impressive Greater Fishing Bat, but the second night trip proved to be so much better.
Wild India 2016 - Tigers and Leopards and Bears, oh my!
It was great to be back in India after a long tour-leading break. As I could expect, it was a great tour with fantastic sightings - although we were sometimes in different vehicles, everyone in the group had at least three tiger sightings! The last time I was leading this tour was pre-digital for me, and I noticed how easy it now is to get good bird photos compared to before. Black-necked Storks and Blue-bearded Bee-eaters were highlights, and the dancing Sarus Cranes. And loads of different owls! A short extract from the trip report - 'Amanda, James and Hongie had started on the G and Ts by the time we arrived back at the hotel, brought on by the half hour they had spent in Zone 1 with a magnificent male Leopard and a Tigress that chased it off, do I need to say anymore than that? Cheers' - the rest of the trip report is accessable from the Wild India page.
The scenery at Ranthambhore and up in the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, and of course the mountainous area around Nainital was fantastic - see the gallery from this tour for photos. And of course, great Indian food and hospitality too
Seen a few days ago on the Mammals of the Roof of the World tour!
Red Panda photographed today!
Two photographs Jesper has just sent us of a Red Panda that the group were watching and photographing today on their first morning in Laba He on the Mammals of the Roof of the World trip. We'll bring you more news soon!
Seen today on the Mammals of the Roof of the World Tour!
Jesper says that they watched two Pallas's Cat kittens as well!
9 Tibetan Wolves seem on the crossing of the Cang Tang, the Roof of the World
The Art of Cretan Flowers
These superb silk collages are by artist Amanda Richardson, and were inspired by her Greentours trip to Crete in the spring of 2015.
Latest from the Crete Autumn Recconnaisance
Amanda and I are back from the sucessful recce for the new Autumn Crete tour, after a week of blue seas and skies, fantastic floral displays and some very special plant finds. It was great to explore some new areas of the island as well as revisiting much loved spots usually seen in the spring. A gallery and full itiineray will be up shortly.
Here are two of the four Pallas's Cats seen on the fifth day (October 5th) of the Mammals of the Roof of the World tour currently running!
Russian Caucasus 2015
We're just coming to the end of the tour and during the past twelve days we've seen some amazing fauna and a wealth of flowers in the Russian Caucasus.
Bears and Wolves Tour 2015
The Bears and Wolves tour is going well -
Turkey is covered in Flowers! The winter and early spring have seen exceptionally good rains in the Eastern Mediterranean and the result is the best display of flowers for many years.
El Fuego's Eruptions
We're currently on the Highlands of Mexico trip enjoying all that this wonderful country has to offer, and this year we've had a bit of a bonus.
Great display of Kniphofia caulescens yesterday
Flora of the Silk Road
Başak and Chris are delighted to announce the arrival of their photographic guide to the Flora of the Silk Road, a compilation of 700 photos of 545 species of the most beautiful flowers, landscapes and cultural sights from Turkey, Syria, Iran, Central Asia, China and Sikkim.
47 Mammal species on the Roof of the World Trip in 2014!
Forty-seven species of Mammal were seen during this year's Mammals of the Roof of the World trip. A staggering total – and it wasn't just the numbers, it was the quality of the sightings and the amazing landscapes. Eleven Tibetan Wolves, a male Pallas's Cat and superb male Tibetan Antelope hardly begins to tell the story. The Tibetan Plateau is a heart-rendingly wild and beautiful place, but visiting it in autumn (early winter for the plateau) is special because one starts to see just how amazing it s that all these animals can survive up here for the winter snows and cold have already started.
Help to Save Albatrosses and Turtles Now!
At this year's Bird Fair we were introduced to a wonderful new peice of equipment that could in very short time reduce Albatross and Turtles longline mortality to a fraction of current rates. Greentours has pledged suppot and we urge you to do likewise. Please visit http://www.hookpod.com/ to see details about the revolutionary Hookpod and click on the yellow banner to pledge your support. They need another £20K or so in the next week for this project to go ahead.
Romania Ultima Frontiera News - see tour 6th - 19th June
We are very pleased this year to be visiting the marvellous new facility at Ultima Frontiera, surely one of the best places in Europe for nature photography.
Burma Tour Summary 2013
Paul Cardy writes after our Burma tour this year - Having spent much time in South-east Asia, and the Subcontinent, I had always been keen to visit Burma and ‘bridge the gap’ between the two. On the recce I found a fascinating country with very friendly and welcoming people, so pleased to see visitors. We were very careful to make sure only non-government hotels were chosen, and used a private tour company as ground agents.
I’m very fortunate to have visited Costa Rica more than a dozen times, but this little country is a true gem and there’s always something new and exciting for me on each visit. This year’s TTL trip was a great success and the highlights were many with the tour getting off to an auspicious start with a daytime sighting of a northern tamandua at Boqsue de Paz (Tony even managed a decent photo), then there were stellar views and photographs of four species of toucan and aracari, plentiful poison frogs (three species) and a wonderfully productive two and half hours spent photographing hummingbirds on Cerro de la Muerte at over ten thousand feet, coffee in one hand finger on the shutter with the other (tripod mounted of course).
Russian Caucasus 2013 Tour
Discussions about the ‘World’s Floweriest Place’ could be heard around the dinner table after another day on Lagonaki’s amazing meadows and dolines. Several of us were of the opinion that Lagonaki was at least the equal of anywhere we’d been.
China - spoilt for choice
It is no coincidence that many of the world’s most famous and most successful ‘plant hunters’ headed for China. Though it may vie with Brazil and Mexico for accolade of most diverse flora there can be no denying that when it comes to choice flowers, whether they be alpines or hardy shrubs, then China wins hands down. China is home, often the only home, to an incredibly high percentage of many of the choicest genera. Around three –quarters of all Primulas, Louseworts and Corydalis are found within its borders.