I cater for all levels and types of birding including all levels 0f Photographers, Birders and Listers. I offer a full range of Birding and or Photography Trips from Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns, Brisbane and Iron Range from the casual day trip to a once in a lifetime 19 day Northern Australia trip. Enquire about trips anywhere else in Australia and the Northern Territory
Aside from guiding I am also a Professional Bird Photographer, here the link to my Photography website which showcases well over 1000 species of birds from around the world. These include 450 Australian Birds, 150 Thailand Birds, 160 South American Birds and 240 North American Birds.
Contact me if you have any questions about any of my Birding or Photography, this is also where you go if you would like to book a tour or ask me about anything to do with birds or my photographs. Please note all my trips can be modified to target specific birds so please contact me for options.
High quality fine art prints available for sale (Framed & Un-framed), all prints are of the highest quality and can be posted around Australia. All prints are printed on ilford paper and are sourced and framed locally so purchasing a framed print you support three local businesses at once.
A page all about Australian Grasswrens including information on all surviving subspecies. Here you will find high quality photos of the birds, habitat photos, maps and information on where to find and photograph them.
Northern Territory Map
A map showing some of the areas I guide
Tracks Birding & Photography Tours
Tracks Birding and Photography run small group and private Birding Trips and Photography Workshops throughout Northern Australia, these cater for all aspects of birding including professional photographers who want high quality photographs, serious birders and listers who are looking at ticking some of the more difficult birds off their life lists and the entry level nature / bird lover who want to come out on a trip to learn more about Northern Australia and the Outback along with get some great photos along the way.
I run tours throughout Northern Australia including Darwin, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Timber Creek, Mount Isa, Winton, Birdsville, Bedourie, Cairns, Cairns Tablelands, Lockhart River and Brisbane
Tracks Birding is a fully licensed Tour Guide Business, we have all required permits, insurance, qualifications and Tour Vehicle Plates required to run a legal Tour Business here in the Northern Territory, Australia.
TRACKS BIRDING - PERMITS, LICENCES and ACCREDITATIONS:
Parks and Wildlife NT Tour Operator License
Queensland Parks & Wildlife Permit
Kakadu Knowledge for Tour Guides
Kakadu Land-based Tour Licence
Commercial Passenger Vehicle (CPV) Accreditation
Tour Vehicle (TV Plates) fitted to both vehicles
20 Million Public Liability
Your Guide | Laurie Ross
A BIT ABOUT MYSELF
My name is Laurie Ross and I'm the owner and guide at Tracks Birding and Photography, after many years of working in an office job I decided to follow my heart and start sharing my passion for Birding and Photography and this is why I started Tracks Birding & Photography. So now I am offering the opportunity to join me on one of my trips around Australia including the Northern Territory and Queensland, not only do you get a knowledgeable Bird Guide you also get a Professional and Published Photographer.
I've been finding and photographing birds in Northern Australia for the past 12 years and have extensive knowledge of the Northern Territory and Queensland including Darwin and surrounds, Katherine, Kakadu National Park, Victoria River, Timber Creek, Tennant Creek, Barkly Tablelands, Alice Springs, Barrow Creek and the Simpson Desert including some amazing spots, where without local knowledge, you wouldn't see.
I also have extensive knowledge of Queensland including amazing birding areas like Cairns and Surrounds, Iron Range National Park, Outback Queensland including Bowra, Opalton, Channel Country and Mount Isa.
I am also a professional bird photographer, my photography website www.laurieross.com.au showcases all of my bird and animal photos from Australia and around the world, including over 510 Australian bird species alone. I hope in my lifetime that I have the opportunity to photograph them all with only 300 or so to go.
I have been fortunate enough to visit and photograph wildlife in many countries around the world including New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Canada, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and throughout US. There's nowhere else like Darwin and I am always happy when I arrive back home to the Northern Territory.
I look forward to hearing from you if you have a good sense of adventure and a passion for bird and wildlife, I promise you will have a trip that you will never forget and I will do whatever it takes to find your target bird or get that perfect photo.
Along with being a Professional Photography Guide and Birder am also serious eBirder and in 2016 got ebirder of the year in Australia and also smashed the Northern Territory Bird Year record by 23, with a total of 330 Birds seen in the 2016 Calendar Year.
If you're not on eBird you should check it out. It is a great way to keep track of your life list and it helps researchers and fellow birders find birds.
eBird Profile | http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/profile/NjM0MTk3/world
Reviewed by Nic Barlow
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Reviewed by Anne C
We recently spent some time with Laurie in an attempt to find a long sought target species. While it was a very late request, Laurie very generously made time in his busy schedule to meet help locate the species. His response to our request was very timely and clear, and he maintained contact prior to meeting to ensure all went to plan. It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with Laurie, he was very knowledgeable and a very good communicator. We look forward to spending more time with him on one of his tours in the future and would very happily recommend his services.
Reviewed by Jon P
Our day with Laurie Ross was wonderful, far exceeding our expectations. He really knows the birds, their call, their locations and their natural histories. He also took good care of his birders. He kept a bird list for us and provided a constant supply of cool water, as well as morning tea, lunch and restroom stops. On this very memorable day we saw 79 different species of birds.
Laurie took me around the best spots to find the birds I was after in Darwin and he did not disappoint. I saw (and photographed) all the species I wanted plus more! Super organised, friendly and professional - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for your birding trip. Thanks Laurie!
We had a great fortune to meet up with Laurie as the 1st Guinea Pig on his week long photo Safari .He to great length to make I had what would make a great photo. Was not the least disappointed. He was always on time,15 mins before. Had all the snacks in the refrigerated cooler. Had great food under the desert conditions. Had bird guides in all 7 continents and none can match his skills and care. Will be going back with him next year in Queensland for more endemics.
Visited August 2016
I have been liaising with Laurie via emails to arrange a place on a grasswren tour. Laurie replies promptly and always provides sufficient info. I look forward to joining his tour group.
For almost a month Laurie was our guide. He finds every bird and was excellent company. He also knew the best places to eat which was a big bonus for me!
Visited November 2016
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