About Us

ABOUT TRACKS BIRDING

Tracks Birding & Photography Tours are based in Darwin in Northern Territory, Australia. 

Tracks Birding is a fully licenced 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

Kakadu Knowledge for Tour Guides

Kakadu Land-based Tour Licence

Commercial Passenger Vehicle (CPV) Accreditation

Tour Vehicle (TV Plates) fitted to Vehicle

20 Million Public Liability

 

 

A BIT ABOUT MYSELF

My name is Laurie Ross and I'm the owner of Tracks Birding, after many years of working in the new car industry I decided to follow my heart and start sharing my passion for birds and photography and this is why I started Tracks Birding & Photography Tours. I specialise in finding rare and endemic birds that are hard to usually find.

I really enjoy taking guests out to get that amazing photo or find that target bird they would never have been able to find on their own. I've been finding and photographing birds in the Northern Territory for over 8 years and have extensive knowledge of Darwin and surrounds including some amazing spots, where without local knowledge, you wouldn't see.

I have a photography website www.laurieross.com.au which showcases all my professional bird and animal photos from Australia and around the world, including over 450 Australian bird species alone. I hope in my lifetime that I have the opportunity to photograph them all with only 350 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.

The Northern Territory is 1.421 million km² and has a population of only 250,000 people making it the least populated state in Australia, having less than half the population of Tasmania. My favorite part about living in Darwin is you only have to drive 30 minutes from the city to find yourself in wide open spaces and surrounded by wildlife.

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 tour that you will never forget and I will do whatever it takes to find your target bird or get that perfect photo.

 

BIRDING PROFILE

I am a 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

2016 NT Bird Year List | http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/top100?locInfo.regionType=subnational1&locInfo.regionCode=AU-NT&year=2016

2016 Australian ebirder of the Year | http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/top100?locInfo.regionType=country&locInfo.regionCode=AU&year=2016

MY PHOTO TOUR GEAR

CANON BODIES;

Canon 1Dx Mark II

Canon 1D Mark IV

CANON LENS;

Canon 600mm f4 IS II USM

Canon 16-35mm f2.8L USM

Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1 - 5x Macro

Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM

Canon's 1.4x III 

TRIPODS;

1 x Induro 8M AT413

1 x Induro CT313 CARBON 8X

TRIPOD HEADS;

Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Head II

Induro BHD3 Ball Head

Manfrotto Gear Head

MY BIRDING TOUR OPTICS

SPOTTING SCOPE

Swarovski ATS 20-60x Spotting Scope 

BINOCULARS

Swarovski EL 10x42 W B Binoculars

 

TOUR VEHICLE

While on tour I use the very comfortable 8 seater Toyota Prado, this vehicle is super comfortable but still allows us to explore off road tracks which we have many of here in the Northern Territory. 

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.

Vehicle has Tour Vehicle Plates fitted along with all the necessary fittings to meet the NT Governments strict Tour Vehicle requirements.