Join Laurie Ross, one of Australia's best bird photographers and finders on a trip you will never forget. Tracks Birding specialises in all levels of photographers from birding with a camera to the serious photographer. I offer a full range of Birding and / or Photography Tours throughout the Northern Territory and Queensland including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns, Mount Isa, Channel Country, Birdsville, Brisbane and Iron Range.
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 500 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.
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 AUSTRALIA MAP SHOWING SOME OF THE TOWNS WE VISIT ON TOUR
About Tracks Birding & Photography Tours:
Tracks Birding and Photography run small group and private Birding Trips and Photography Workshops throughout Northern Australia. I cater for all aspects of birding from the professional photographers who want extremely high quality photographs, serious birders and listers who are looking at ticking some of the more difficult birds off their life lists to the entry level nature / bird lover who loves birds and nature.
I run tours throughout Northern Australia including Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, Victoria River, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Timber Creek, Mount Isa, Winton, Birdsville, Bedourie, Cairns, Cairns Tablelands, Lockhart River, Cunnamulla, Bowra and Brisbane
Tracks Birding is a fully licensed Tour Business, we have all required permits, insurance, qualifications and Tour Vehicle Plates required to run a legal tour business throughout Northern 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
20 Million Public Liability
Laurie shares his time between Darwin and his Rainforest property at Lake Eacham, he has traveled across every state and territory in Australia over the past 14 years and has forged a name for himself as one of Australia's leading bird finders and photographers, both locally and nationally. Laurie gave up a lucrative career in the sales industry, to follow his passion for birds, and now spends the majority of his time showing visiting photographers and birders the best local and endemic species that make this part of Australia so unique. Laurie is equally at home with the demanding bird photographer or targeted birder. He is renowned for having razor sharp birding skills and an endless drive to get that perfect photo, Laurie also holds one of the most stunning photographic collections of rare Australian birds which you can seen here: Laurie Ross Photography.
When Laurie isn't guiding he is usually in the Outback somewhere looking for and photographing Australian Grasswren's, Grasswren's are famous for being some of the most difficult birds to find and especially photograph. He has one of the biggest collections of Grasswren photos in the world and is also passionate about documenting their habitats and locations, his project can be found here http://www.tracksbirding.com.au/grasswrens/
Laurie's other passion is food so another advantage with his tours is you will dine out in some of Australia's best cafes and restaurants, not typical of your normal birding tour.
He uses Canon Camera Gear & Swarovski Optics
Along with being a Professional Photography Guide and Birder am also serious eBirder and in both 2016 and 2019 got eBirder of the year here in Australia.
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
Your Guide | Laurie Ross
We had another fantastic birding tour with Laurie at the beginning of this month in Cape York/Iron Range NP (previously in Darwin/Kakadu & Central Australia). He plans every aspect of the tour meticulously, considering the environmental conditions, our birding skills and target species and our level of fitness, to ensure the best birding experience possible. He is extraordinarily skillful at locating and observing birds and wildlife generally. Laurie is happy, easy going and flexible and is delightful company. Our tours have been exciting, stress-free and we have seen so much more than we ever expected! Thank you again Laurie - we have memories to treasure forever! Sue and Paul
Visited January 2022
This was our second bird safari with Laurie (1st Kakadu and now Cairns/Daintree) and another fabulous experience. In 6 days we seemed to drive, cruise and walk in a relaxed manner, yet I photographed 85 birds (plus platypus, lizards and snakes) and my wife Jan (with her binoculars at the ready) were totally immersed in the varying local habitats. This is all due to the skill and generosity of Laurie as a guide, bird and nature expert, organizer and genuinely good guy. As a skilled photographer in other fields, I am in awe of his talent as a bird photographer and rate him as by far the best bird photographer in Australia (and a great teacher as well, happy to share advice and tips for better images). Add to that his knowledge of the subject and his extraordinary ability to know where the birds are and you have hundreds of amazing encounters with Australian wildlife. As well as spectacular birding, the accommodation, food and good companionship make these trips a joy we want to repeat in every area of Australia. Thanks Laurie.
Visited January 2022
What a fantastic knowledgeable guide is Laurie — I got some fabulous photos. Laurie could not only get us to the location where we would find special birds like Golden Bower Bird but knows their habits so well he guided me be ready with the camera focussed on a certain twig or branch where the bird is likely to come to. How amazing is that? If you are interested in getting great bird photos or being able to see up close rare and beautiful birds in their natural environment I can't recommend Laurie enough. And what a fabulous bunch of restaurants are included in his trips. It really should be listed as a gastronomic bird safari. Thank you Laurie for a delightful adventure.
Visited November 2021
Thank you Laurie for an amazing tour! Your birding skills were exceptional and the close-up bird encounters and photo opportunities were amazing. We really appreciated you sharing your knowledge of the habitats and plant life in all the different landscapes we visited. We also enjoyed your taste for great coffee in the mornings and your flexibility in including the non-birders for delicious meals together.
A 16-day small group tour to view Grass Wrens in Outback Australia was our first encounter with Laurie's well-reputed ornithological and photographic skills. His obvious research into remote locations, his accurate ears and eyes, coupled with his effervescent enthusiasm and knowledge for birds helped us see and photograph these tricky and often elusive species. We also managed to see many "lifers", but in close proximity as result of Laurie's efforts and experience. As a host he was thoughtful, generous and companionable, always willing to go that extra distance for the comfort of his guests. Highly recommended and lots of fun. We have already booked our next trip with him.
Did a small group tour of the top end with Laurie and enjoyed it immensely. Saw even more new birds than I had hoped, often with wonderful views, thanks to a combination of Laurie’s incredible birding skills and I suspect a lot of research and preparation.
He was also excellent company and looked after us incredibly well.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to going on another one before too long.
It made for such a great experience to have someone who is just so good at what they do!
Reviewed by Nic Barlow
Reviewed by MDbirders