About Tracks Birding & Photography Tours:
Tracks Birding & Photography Tours run small group and/or private bird photography, birding with a camera trips and photography workshops throughout Northern Australia. I cater for all aspects of bird photography from the professional photographers who want extremely high quality photographs of difficult birds, birding with a camera and the entry level nature / bird lovers who enjoy birds, nature and exploring outback Australia.
I run tours throughout Northern Australia including Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, Victoria River, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Timber Creek, Mount Isa, Winton, Birdsville, Bedourie, Cairns, Atherton Tablelands and Lockhart River
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
Tour Vehicle (TV Plates) fitted to both vehicles
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 a serious eBirder, usually in the top five eBirders of Australia including number one in both 2016 and 2019.
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
Northern Australia Map
A map showing just some of the areas I visit on tour
TOUR VEHICLES :
While on tour I use very comfortable late model 4wd Toyota Prados, vehicles are super comfortable and allow us to explore off road tracks and roads other vehicles can't get to. I restrict the passenger number to four to give everyone enough space to spread out and have their gear ready if we see anything while on the move. On my extended Outback trips I also have a 4wd travel trailer which give us a bit more flexibility.