Tours

TRACKS BIRDING & PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Ever wanted to see a Rainbow Pitta hopping around the forest floor? Dreamed of seeing a Gouldian Finch in the wild? How about seeing your first Banded Fruit-dove amongst Monsoon Forests of Kakadu? Being a local bird photographer I have extensive knowledge of Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and the Victoria River Regions. I can help you find and photograph that bird you've always dreamed of seeing, join Tracks Birding & Photography Tours for an unforgettable day out or the adventure of a multi-day Birding Tour around the Top End of the Northern Territory.

ADVANTAGES WITH TRACKS BIRDING:

  • Small private & personalised tours (Max 3 guests)
  • A strong understanding of the needs of both birders & photographers
  • Tailored birding and/or photography tours to suit every guest
  • Extensive local knowledge from many years of birding in the Northern Territory
  • Private guide is also a well known and published Professional Bird Photographer
  • See unique, rare & endemic birds from around the Northern Territory
  • Amazing photographic opportunities
  • Finding time to appreciate the beautiful outback landscapes while touring
  • Flexible Itineraries (Can modify to suit the birds you need to tick or photograph)
  • Have the opportunity to explore remote parts of the Northern Territory
  • Share my passion for finding and photographing birds
  • Birds, Birds, Birds & more Birds!

INCLUSIONS: During your time on Tour

  • Hotel pick up / Drop off (Darwin City)
  • Transport in late model Toyota 4wd vehicle
  • All accommodation while on multi day tours (Internet use not included)
  • Sunscreen / Insect Spray
  • First aid kit on hand at all times
  • All refreshments including soft drinks, water, tea & coffee (Alcohol not included)
  • Professional guide (Who is also a professional photographer)
  • All National Park entry fees
  • All the latest local field guides (Digital & Printed)
  • Overnight tours - All meals during our time on tour
  • Day trips - Snacks & lunch provided

OPTIONS:

  • Canon Professional Camera Gear (Including 1D Bodies & Canon 500mm & 600mm Lens)

TOURS;

ALL TOURS CAN BE MODIFIED TO TARGET SPECIFIC BIRDS

DARWIN & SURROUNDS - 1 DAY BIRDING or PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

We spend the day around Darwin searching for some of it's unique bird life in a range of habitats; Mangroves, Seasonal Wetlands, Monsoon Forest, Beaches, Savannah Woodlands and Billabongs. Every day trip can be tailored to find the birds you need to tick or photograph.

Target Species - Emerald Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Rufous Owl, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Rainbow Pitta, Green-backed Gerygone, Red-headed Honeyeater, Grey Whistler, Mangrove Robin, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch & Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.

Cost -  $695.00 AUD - Private Charter for 2 people (Extra Per Person $50.00 - Maximum 4)

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DARWIN WETLANDS & SAVANNAH - 1 DAY BIRDING or PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

An early morning pick up from your accommodation to head East to the Wetland or Dry Savannah regions, these locations are 1 hour East of Darwin. We have two options depending on the target species, we can either concentrate our search around the wetlands of Fogg Dam for species like Rainbow Pitta, Black-necked Stork, Paperbark Flycatcher, Rose Crowned Fruit-Dove, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Azure and Little Kingfishers or head toward the Dry Savannah areas for species like Black-breasted Buzzard, Buff-sided Robin & the highly prized Gouldian Finch, each day trip can be tailored to find the birds you need to tick or photograph.

Target Species - Black-breasted Buzzard, Spotted Harrier, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-necked Stork, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Black-tailed Treecreeper, White-throated Gerygone, Banded Honeyeater, Mangrove Golden-whistler, Buff-sided Robin, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch and Gouldian Finch.

Cost -  $695.00 AUD - Private Charter for 2 people (Extra Per Person $50.00 - Maximum 4)

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DARWIN TO PINE CREEK - 2 DAY / 1 NIGHT BIRDING or PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

DAY 1 - Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin around 7 am and slowly head south towards Pine Creek, we will stop in at Fogg Dam for the morning before continuing on for lunch in Pine Creek. The afternoon will be spent targeting the endemic Hooded Parrot, Partridge Pigeon and others around Pine Creek. We spend the night in our accommodation at Pine Creek.

Accommodation - Pine Creek Railway Resort

DAY 2 - Get up nice and early and drive south to target the many finch species in the area including the spectacular Gouldian Finch. The rest of the day can be spent targeting anything we have missed and then back to your accommodation in Darwin.

Target Species - Black-breasted Buzzard, Spotted Harrier, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Hooded Parrot, Partridge Pigeon, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Varied Sittella, White-throated Gerygone, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch and Gouldian Finch.

Cost -  $2795.00 AUD (Private Charter for 2 People - Double or Twin Share Room)

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DARWIN TO KATHERINE - 3 DAY / 2 NIGHT BIRDING or PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

DAY 1 - Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin around 7 am and then head south towards Pine Creek we can stop at some of Darwin's many hot spots along the way for the morning before carrying on to Pine Creek for lunch and to book into our accommodation for the night. The afternoon is spent around Pine Creek tracking down the endemic Hooded Parrot and Partridge Pigeon.

Accommodation - Pine Creek Railway Resort

DAY 2 - A nice early morning to head just south to target the many Finch species in the area including the spectacular Gouldian Finch. Lunch around the Edith Falls area before heading south to Katherine where we check into our accommodation and spend the rest of the day exploring Katherine and surrounds targeting birds the guests would like to see.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles, Katherine

DAY 3 -  We either drive south to try for the very rare Northern Crested Shrike-tit in a usually productive area or drive west to target Chestnut-backed Button-quail, Hooded Parrot and Gouldian Finch. The remainder of the day can be spent targeting anything we have missed.

I plan to have you back to your accommodation in Darwin by 6 pm.

Target Species - Black-breasted Buzzard, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Hooded Parrot, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Grey-crowned Babbler, Northern Crested Shrike-tit, Apostlebird, Rufous Songlark, Varied Sittella, White-throated Gerygone, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch and Gouldian Finch.

Cost -  $4790.00 AUD (Private Charter for 2 People - Double or Twin Share Room)

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DARWIN TO VICTORIA RIVER - 4 DAY / 3 NIGHT BIRDING or PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

DAY 1 - Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin around 7 am and spend the morning birding at one of Darwin's many nature reserves, which one will depend on what the group wants to target.  We will slowly make our way South to Pine Creek for lunch. The afternoon we will head a little south to target the many Parrots and Finch species in the area including the spectacular Gouldian Finch ending up in Katherine for our first night.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles, Katherine

DAY 2 - We will head off early in search of Hooded Parrots and Chestnut-backed Button-quail in the area. Later that morning we have a long but easy drive to the Victoria River Region about 200 km west, along the way we will stop at a few secret spots to see what we can find. The afternoon at Victoria River can be spent searching for Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens along the river banks of the river or go and look for White-quilled Rock-pigeons which are found up on the escarpments. Hopefully we also have time to search for the very elusive Yellow-rumped Mannikin which can sometimes be found in the area.

Accommodation - Victoria River Roadhouse

DAY 3 - Day 3 is "Finch day" with hopes of up to 9 species of finch in one day, possibilities are Double-barred Finch, Crimson Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Star Finch, Zebra Finch, Yellow-rumped Mannikin and Gouldian Finch. Lunch at Timber Creek and the we will spend the afternoon birding around Timber Creek.

Accommodation - Timber Creek Hotel

DAY 4 - The final day we have a big drive back to Darwin but we will still have time to try and find birds we have missed, I try to have you back to your accommodation in Darwin by 6 pm.

Target Species - Black-breasted Buzzard, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Hooded Parrot, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Grey-crowned Babbler, Northern Crested Shrike-tit, Apostlebird, Rufous Songlark, Chestnut-breasted Button-quail, Varied Sittella, White-throated Gerygone, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Star Finch, Yellow-rumped Mannikin and Gouldian Finch.

Cost -  $6495.00 AUD (Private Charter for 2 People - Double or Twin Share Room)

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DARWIN | PINE CREEK | KAKADU - 4 DAY / 3 NIGHT BIRDING or PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

DAY 1 - Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin around 7 am and spend the morning birding at one of Darwin's many nature reserves, which one will depend on what the group wants to target. Lunch at your choice of venue in Darwin City before heading East toward Kakadu National Park. The hottest part of the day will be spent driving out to Kakadu National Park stopping along the way at Mamakala Wetlands and the South Alligator Floodplains. After checking in at our hotel in Jabiru we will then head off to Ubirr for the afternoon looking for Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and also the Short-eared Rock Wallaby. After watching the sunset we will head back to our accommodation for dinner at the Hotel in Jabiru.

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

DAY 2 - An early morning to head south along the Kakadu Highway to the Nourlangie ,Nawurlandja & Anbangbang areas, these areas are great for Partridge Pigeons, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Banded Fruit-doves, Helmeted Friarbird & White-lined Honeyeaters. If the group is feeling fit we will then do a 6 km return hike into Gubara which is the best spot to see Banded Fruit-dove if we missed it at Nourlangie. We will then head south to Cooinda Lodge and our accommodation for the night. After checking in we can spend the late afternoon targeting  endemic birds we might have missed in the park.

Accommodation - Cooinda Lodge

DAY 3 - We will enjoy an early morning cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, this is our best chance for Great-billed Heron, Little & Azure Kingfishers and also Black Bittern. After the cruise we will head back to the lodge to check out and have lunch before heading South to Pine Creek and our accommodation for the night, along the way we have a chance for Australia's rarest bird of prey the Red Goshawk which nests in the area. The afternoon is spent around Pine Creek tracking down the endemic Hooded Parrot and Partridge Pigeon.

Accommodation - Pine Creek Railway Resort

DAY 4 - An early morning start to head south to set up at a secret waterhole for the morning, this is the best chance to photograph the spectacular Gouldian Finch, other birds that come into drink include Hooded Parrots, Long-Tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Double-barred Finch, Banded Honeyeater, Great Bowerbird and Brown Quail. After lunch back in Pine Creek it will be time to start making our way back to Darwin.

The afternoon can be spent targeting anything we have missed, I plan to have you back to your accommodation in Darwin by 6 pm.

Target Species -  Red Goshawk, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Banded Fruit-dove, Partridge Pigeon, Helmeted Friarbird (Sandstone race), White-lined Honeyeater, Black Bittern, Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Hooded Parrot, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Grey-crowned Babbler, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin and Gouldian Finch.

Cost -  $6495.00 AUD (Private Charter for 2 People - Double or Twin Share Room)

Optional Private Yellow Water Cruise $600.00

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DARWIN | KAKADU | PINE CREEK | KATHERINE | VICTORIA RIVER - 7 DAY / 6 NIGHT BIRDING or PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

DAY 1 - Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin around 7 am and spend the morning birding at one of Darwin's many nature reserves, which one will depend on what the group wants to target. Lunch at your choice of venue in Darwin City before heading East toward Kakadu National Park. The hottest part of the day will be spent driving out to Kakadu National Park stopping along the way at Mamakala Wetlands and the South Alligator Floodplains. After checking in at our hotel in Jabiru we will then head off to Ubirr for the afternoon looking for Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and also the Short-eared Rock Wallaby. After watching the sunset we will head back to our accommodation for dinner at the Hotel in Jabiru.

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

DAY 2 - An early morning to head south along the Kakadu Highway to the Nourlangie ,Nawurlandja & Anbangbang areas, these areas are great for Partridge Pigeons, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Banded Fruit-doves, Helmeted Friarbird & White-lined Honeyeaters. If the group is feeling fit we will then do a 6 km return hike into Gubara which is the best spot to see Banded Fruit-dove if we missed it at Nourlangie. We will then head south to Cooinda Lodge and our accommodation for the night. After checking in we can spend the late afternoon targeting  endemic birds we might have missed in the park.

Accommodation - Cooinda Lodge

DAY 3 - We will enjoy an early morning cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong, this is our best chance for Great-billed Heron, Little & Azure Kingfishers and also Black Bittern. After the cruise we will head back to the lodge to check out and have lunch before heading South to Pine Creek and our accommodation for the night, along the way we have a chance for Australia's rarest bird of prey the Red Goshawk which nests in the area. The afternoon is spent around Pine Creek tracking down the endemic Hooded Parrot and Partridge Pigeon.

Accommodation - Pine Creek Railway Resort

DAY 4 - An early morning start to head south to set up at a secret waterhole for the morning, this is the best chance to photograph the spectacular Gouldian Finch, other birds that come into drink include Hooded Parrots, Long-Tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Double-barred Finch, Banded Honeyeater, Great Bowerbird and Brown Quail. After a morning around Edith Falls we head South to Katherine for lunch before heading West to the Victoria River Region about 200 km west, along the way we will stop at a few secret spots to see what we can find. The afternoon at Victoria River can be spent searching for Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens along the banks of the Victoria River or go and look for White-quilled Rock-pigeons which are found up on the escarpments. Hopefully we also have time to search for the very elusive Yellow-rumped Mannikin's which can sometimes be found in the area.

Accommodation - Victoria River Roadhouse

DAY 5 - The morning will be spent around the roadhouse at Victoria River looking for Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, Birds of Prey and Finches. We will then start head west to Timber Creek and our accommodation for the night, this is one of my favourite birding areas in the Northern Territory. Depending on what species we need to photograph or tick off our lists will determine where we spend our time today. There are a huge amount of sites in the area and depending on the amount of water and grass around will depend on where we go.

Accommodation - Timber Creek Hotel

DAY 6 - A couple of options this morning; we can get up early and head East to another finch drinking hole with chances of Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Star Finch, Zebra Finch, Yellow-rumped Mannikin and Gouldian Finch or an easy morning birding around Timber Creek for things like Buff-sided Robin, Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Great Bowerbird and Red-backed Kingfisher. After a morning in the area we start heading back East and to our accommodation in Katherine for the night, after checking in we will bird one of the many sites around Katherine ether looking for Chestnut-backed Button-quail or head South to look for the rare Northern Crested Shrike-tit.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles, Katherine

DAY 7 - Depending on what we are missing will determine where we go this morning, after a morning around Katherine we will enjoy lunch before the 3 - 4 hour drive back to Darwin. I plan to have everyone back at a reasonable hour.

Target Species -  Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Rufous Owl, Green-backed Gerygone, Red-headed Honeyeater, Grey Whistler, Mangrove Robin, Black-breasted Buzzard, Spotted Harrier, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-necked Stork, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Apostlebird, Rufous Songlark, Varied Sittella, White-throated Gerygone, Banded Honeyeater, Mangrove Golden-whistler, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Banded Fruit-dove, Partridge Pigeon, Helmeted Friarbird (Sandstone race), White-lined Honeyeater, Black Bittern, Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Hooded Parrot, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Grey-crowned Babbler, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Star Finch, Pictorella Mannikin, Yellow-rumped Mannikin and Gouldian Finch.

Cost -  $11445.00 AUD (Private Charter for 2 People - Double or Twin Share Room)

Optional Private Yellow Water Cruise $600.00 (Extra)

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BARKLY TABLELANDS | BORROLOOLA 7 DAY / 6 NIGHT BIRDING or PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Day 1 : Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin around 7 am and spend the day exploring the many nature reserves around Darwin. Species we will be targeting are Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Bush-stone Curlew, Mangrove Robin, Green-backed Gerygone, Brown Whistler, Northern Fantail, Red-winged Parrot, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher and Little Corella. We will also spend time in the Mangroves trying to photograph Red-headed Myzomela, Mangrove-Grey Fantail, Mangrove Gerygone, Mangrove Golden Whistler and Torresian Kingfisher. The afternoon we will be out searching for roosting nocturnal birds like Tawny Frogmouth, Barking Owl and our main target the Rufous Owl.

Accommodation - Mercure Airport Resort

Day 2 : We head out early to one of Darwin’s best and famous birding spots, Fogg Dam. Here we will bird mostly from the car, targets include Black-necked Stork, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pied Heron, Comb-crested Jacana, Arafura Fantail, Paperbark Flycatcher, Royal Spoonbill, Crimson Finch and Forest Kingfisher. After our time at Fogg Dam we head South to Katherine and our accommodation for the night. The afternoon will be spent targeting the endemic Hooded Parrot, Chestnut-backed Button-quail, Varied Sittella and Finches like Gouldian, Long-tailed and Masked.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles Katherine

Day 3 : An early start to head South to look for one of the Northern Territories most wanted birds the Northern Shrike-tit, this location is also a great area for Finches, Woodswallows, Button-quail and Black-tailed Treecreepers. After a morning of birding at this site we start the big drive South toward Tennant Creek and our accommodation for the night. The afternoon will be spent in the beautiful and mostly unexplored Honeymoon Range near Tennant Creek, here our main target is the rarely seen and photographed Tennant Creek race of Dusky Grasswren. In the same area we will also be looking for Painted Finch, White-winged Fairy-wren, Spinfexbird, Australian Ringneck and Spinifex Pigeons.

Accommodation - Three Ways Roadhouse

Day 4 : On this morning we will head back to the Honeymoon Range, we will be looking for better views or to find anything we missed the previous day. We will also be checking out the Tennant Creek Sewage ponds which can be very productive and sometimes turn up a rarity or two. After lunch in Tennant Creek we will start heading East and onto the Barkly Tablelands. The afternoon will be spent around the roadhouse looking for things like Peregrine Falcon, Singing Honeyeater, Zebra Finch, Crested Bellbird, Chiming Wedgebill, White-browed and Masked Woodswallows and Red-browed Pardalote.

Accommodation - Barkly Homestead

Day 5 : We head North onto the plains, here we will look for some specialist birds like Banded Lapwing, Brown Songlark, Australian Pratincole, Yellow Chat, Ground Cuckoo-shrike and Black and Grey Falcons. I have seen all of Australia's Falcons within a couple of hours in this area so we will be watching out for these. For the hottest part of the day we will head back to the roadhouse and wait for the late afternoon before heading out onto the Tablelands in search of flowering trees and new species for the trip.

Accommodation - Barkly Homestead

Day 6 : A very early start, we will be driving North back onto the plains and plan on getting to one of the many Turkey Nests (Farmers Dam) by sunrise. Here we will sit patiently and wait for Flock Bronzewings coming in to drink, this spectacle also attracts birds of prey like Black and Grey Falcons. After a morning on the plains we will start heading North to Borroloola and our accommodation for the night, on this afternoon we will head out looking for some Gulf specialties like the Macgillivrayi race of Purple-crowned Fairywren, Tawny Grassbird, Sarus Crane and Buff-sided Robin.

Accommodation - Savannah Way Motel, Borroloola

Day 7 : Our morning will be spent birding around Borroloola looking for anything we missed the previous day  before the long drive back to Darwin, we will stop along the way to see anything of interest and plan to be back in Darwin by 6pm.

Target Species - Grey Falcon, Black Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Black-breasted Buzzard, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Rainbow Pitta, Green-backed Gerygone, Rufous Owl, Barking Owl, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Flock Bronzewing, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Dusky Grasswren, Spinifex Pigeon, Spinifexbird, Red-backed Fairywren, White-winged Fairywren, Yellow Chat, Crested Bellbird, Chiming Wedgebill, Banded Lapwing, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Hooded Parrot, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Grey-crowned Babbler, Northern Crested Shrike-tit, Apostlebird, Rufous Songlark, Varied Sittella, White-throated Gerygone, Chestnut-backed Button-quail, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch and Gouldian Finch.

Cost -  $11445.00 AUD (Private Charter for 2 People - Double or Twin Share Room)

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