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

BIO:

Laurie is originally from New Zealand, but recently based in Australia’s Northern Territory, where he now calls Darwin home. He has traveled across every state and territory in Australia over the past 10 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 new car 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 endless drive to get that perfect photo, and he holds one of the most stunning photographic collections of rare North Australian birds. Has also travelled extensively through Southeast Asia, North and South America, with a fascination with all creatures great and small.

Laurie’s extensive collection of bird photos can be seen here: Laurie Ross Bird Photos. He uses Canon Camera Gear & Swarovski Optics

FUNNY BIO: (Thanks Marc Gardner)

Laurie Ross (aka Birdman) – Born in a cave somewhere in the Antipodes, he is just like a ninja bird whisperer and now spends his entire time devoted to photographing birds in Australia’s Northern Territory.  Laurie gave up a lucrative career with Toyota just to go on a helicopter looking for one of Australia’s rarest birds – the White-throated Grasswren. This is now his favourite bird (and also because Gouldian Finches just don’t quite meet his standards anymore). With a physique like a wild Budgie, he has the uncanny ability to climb up escarpments in pursuit of the Northern Territory’s birds and leaving geriatric birders in the heat. The best part of going on a tour with Laurie is his extraordinary cooking and catering abilities, his curries and Asian food will make you feel like you’re on a birding tour somewhere between India and Bali but you’re really in Australia. Laurie exclusively uses Canon gear and has a 1Dxii, Canon 600mm F4 IS II fucking giant lens and always carries some extra Gin for those special moments when he makes you see Grey Falcons.

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.