Leading your Colombia tour is Greg Homel, an ornithologist, award-winning international nature photojournalist, documentary film producer and lecturer. He lives and works from his home within the Los Padres National Forest, home of the California Condor). and from his second home at Río Lagartos, surrounded by the Ría Lagartos National Park and Biosphere Reserve at the north tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
A birder-naturalist since childhood, Greg founded Natural Elements Productions in 1986 and began leading birding tours shortly thereafter. Now he travels the globe on a full-time basis in search of rare and little-known birds and other wildlife. Greg shares his enthusiasm through excursions for small groups worldwide, and with a wider audience through state-of-the-art digital lectures, television and wide variety of publications and video productions.
Since 1990, Greg has guided, educated, and inspired travelers in over 80 countries throughout the world. His travels on all seven continents, from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic, have allowed him to see more than half of the planet's roughly 9,800 bird species in their natural habitats. In fact, Greg was the first to film documentation of the lekking display of Peru’s critically endangered marvelous spatuletail
His early work appeared regularly in books and magazines, including Wildbird Magazine, The Audubon Society Field Guides to Eastern Birds and The Audubon Society Field Guides to Western Birds, Time, Birder's World, Tucson Lifestyle, and Texas Monthly. Since the "digital revolution," Greg has moved into television, video production, and lecturing aboard expedition ships with the hope of "giving a voice to his truest love, which is the natural world and its inhabitants, especially birds!"
Avery has been birding in the American tropics, from Mexico to Ecuador, for the past nine years. Colombia captured his heart in 2009 when he first visited the country. After a month exploring the Proaves reserves, National Parks and private reserves and seeing a myriad of endemics he was hooked! Since then he has guided birding and nature tours across the country and conducted research for Proaves at the Cerulean Warbler, Dusky Starfontlet and Las Tangaras reserves. Back home in Canada Avery is a Biologist and has worked from coast to coast. Avery served as a collaborator on the just published Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia.