New tour to Columbia
Well-known leader Paul Cardy is back from a reconnaisence trip to Columbia. His synopsis of the sightings on the trip makes mouth-watering reading!
Snow Leopard Sightings
A sighting of a Snow Leopard is perhaps the ultimate for most mammal-watchers. Very few westerners had seen these beautiful cats in the wild until ten years ago when Hemis came ‘online’ as a place one could go and see them.
Winter Rain and Snow heralds a fantastic show of Spring Flowers
Across the Eastern Mediterranean, the winter snow and rains have been heavy, leading to news paper articles like ' Greece Braces for Snow and Storms on Christmas day' - which must count as unusual! Following the droughts of the previous summer this is good news indeed. This bodes very well and we are expecting bumper displays of spring bulbs this year.
Tired of the winter grey? Can't wait for a glimpse of those fabulous colours of spring? Have a look at Alice's wonderful photo-blog from last April's Greentours wildlife at leisure tour to Sicily
Chiapas by Amanda Richardson
Amanda Richardson an artist based in Cornwall was on our Chiapas tour last February and she has sent us an image of a totally wonderful work inspired by her visit to this vibrant region of Mexico - it certainly reflects the colourful nature of the wildlife there!
This year's tour to Bathurst Inlet (Arctic Canada) sadly may be our last for a while as the lodge is staying closed in 2019 and plans are uncertain thereafter. A great pity as you'll see from Marvyn Griffin's photographs from the visit this year. He saw a Wolverine as well....
Ian Bennallick has just sent us a couple of pictures from the Gotland tour where they hit the Ladies Slipper flowering time perfectly and the fields look a picture too!
Greentours leaders captured by an Olive!
this rather nice picture of three Greentours leaders, looking rather like three naughty school boys caught hiding in a tree, was recently sent to us. We'll go back and let them out next year! From left to right, Ian Bennallick, Kurt Vickery & Panagiotis Nyktas
Sri Lanka at Night
We’re very excited by the images arriving from our first Sri Lanka at Night tour. Uditha, the leader, has sent us a fantastic image of Golden Palm Civet, and his picture of the Ceylon Frogmouths just makes you want to pack your bags and go… Kate and Ian Bruce who were on the trip have furnished us with a wonderful image of the diminutive Rusty-spotted Cat, and their image of the Barnes’ Cat Snake is truly exceptional… more on this soon I think!
The Hazelhen is surely one of Europe’s most charismatic birds, a beautiful creature so often hidden in the forests and glimpsed by most birders before disappearing into its own world. This world has been explored in amazing photographic details by Jean Guillet who in his wonderful new book brings us intimate images of the life of the Hazelhen. You can find more details on Jean’s website https://www.jeanguilletphotos.fr/
Narcissus in Andalucia
Ian Bennallick sends us another fine image from the Andalucia trip currently running - a huge field full of Narcissus cordubensis close to Montejaque. Weather looks a bit dodgy in the background though!
Narcissi in Andalucia
Ian Bennallick who is leading the first of our two spring Andalucia tours sent us these pictures showing a tremendous show of Narcissus bulbocodium in the Coto Donana and also abundant Acis trichophyllum. Ian said that there were around a million of the Narcissus in that field!
We thought we’d share with you this lovely piece of work by Amanda Richardson inspired by her visit to Sichuan with Greentours last July.
Stunning! And brightens up any day, though as I (Ian Green) write this I’m sitting two-thousand feet up above the Mediterranean with a thousand Romulea requienii opening their purple stars around me – spring is here at least!
What's Happening in the Highlands of Mexico
...Some Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets at Lago Cuitzeo this morning and a Magnificent Swallowtail from the Mil Cumbres this afternoon. Some Spanish will allow you to understand Mil Cumbres means a thousand peaks. Beautiful area with blue ridge after blue ridge and all the oak trees covered in Bromeliads.
Filling up Fast
There are still a few places left on Winter tours to wonderful places
Three places on Assam and Bhutan (20th Jan- 5th Feb) - mammals especially Indian Rhinos in Kasiranga, and wonderful birdlife and culture.
Four places left on Chiapas, Mexico (1st - 16th February - Toucans, Oropendulas and Scarlet Macaws aquamarine rivers adn 250 species of butterflies.
Two places left on Costa Rica Motmots and Manikins (7th - 25th February) - stuffing landscpes, virgin forests dazzling wildlife.
Encounters with Megafauna
This year’s Poland trip had some memorable encounters with European Bison – here’s an image from early one morning in Bialowieza Forest taken by the tour leader Phil Benstead.
Fungi in Poland
Linda Morris has sent us this marvellous composite image of fungi taken on the Poland trip in September. We’ll see if we can get some images of all the Bison they saw soon too.
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.
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!
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.