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Greg R. Homel is an ornithologist, award-winning international nature
photojournalist, documentary film producer, and lecturer. He lives and
works from his home within the magnificent Los Padres National Forest,
California, USA (home of the California Condor) and from his second
home at Río Lagartos, surrounded by the magnificent Ría Lagartos
National Park and Biosphere Reserve at the north tip of Mexico’s
A birder-naturalist since childhood, Greg founded Natural Elements
Productions in 1986 and Natural Encounters 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.
He shares his unbounded (and contagious) 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.
Throughout his life, but especially 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.
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!"
Greg's other achievements include, among many others:
- Introducing the Wonderful
Birds of Pico Bonito, Honduras, an HD DVD filmed in
December 2007 and January 2008, at
Pico Bonito National Park and The Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras.
This collaborative effort is the first high-definition documentary on
the park's birds. It is now available through Natural Elements
Productions and The Lodge at Pico Bonito. Excerpts can be viewed at Audubon
- The first-ever high-definition video of nidification
and nuptial displays of the critically endangered Grenada Dove in
October 2007. The American
Bird Conservancy put Greg's rare footage to work for
conservation, to help modify the plans of a Four Season’s Resort
development, which would have consumed important nesting habitat for
this bird. Greg's video is helping to shape a brighter future for
- The first-ever filmed documentation of the lekking display
of Peru’s remarkable and critically
endangered Marvelous Spatuletail, a hummingbird with an impressively
long, racketed tail, known only from the rugged Andean highlands of
Amazonas and nearby departments. The video, filmed in December
2006 and January 2007, was featured on
national news programs and may be seen here
or at National
- The first-ever documentary on the wildlife and culture
of the Commander Islands for the World Wildlife
Fund/Russian Wildlife Authority (2004).
- Playing a critical role in the rediscovery
of the then-criticially rare Poo-uli, during a National Biological
Division of Forestry and Wildlife ornithological survey of the
primordial forests on the outer windward slopes of Haleakala Volcano,
Maui. (At the time, October 1994, fewer than six individuals remained,
and there have been no sightings since the last known bird died in
captivity in 2005.) The rediscovery was the fulfillment of a dream Greg
had since first
visiting the Hawaiian islands on a family trip as a teenager in 1977.
Greg Homel help you realize your own dreams of Natural Encounters!
is available for photojournalism and other documentary
assignments anywhere in the world. He devotes himself tirelessly
ethical acquisition of stunning HD and HDV video and high-resolution
digital photography featuring the
world’s rarest and least-known wildlife in the most extreme and remote
E-mail with your
needs or an inquiry
Available on the Web:
"Endangered Hawai'i," American Bird Conservancy
(Greg R. Homel, director of photography), winner of the Prize of the
International Jury at the EkoFilm International Film Festival 2012
"Successes in Conserving the Thick-billed Parrot,"
American Bird Conservancy
"Birds Rock!" Bird News Network/American Bird
"The Owl of Flame, Flammulated Owl," Birder's Magazine, January 1992
"Biosphere Birds," Audobon Magazine Web Exclusive
"Lured by His Lovely," Audobon
Magazine Web Exclusive
"Rare Hummingbird Courtship," National Geographic
"Video aims to help save rare hummingbird," MSNBC
"It's all for the Birds," KTVB Idaho News Now
Videos by Greg R. Homel at the Internet Bird
"Les photos de l'expédition Pitoreal 2005: L'expédition de novembre 2005 de Gregory Homel" Ornithomedia (in French, with English abstract)