Tracks Birding cater for all levels and types of birding including all levels 0f Photographers, Birders and Listers. I offer a full range of Birding and or Photography Tours throughout Northern Australia including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns, Mount Isa, Channel Country, Birdsville, Brisbane and Iron Range from the casual day trip to a once in a lifetime 19 day Northern Australia trip.
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 450 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.
High quality fine art prints available for sale (Framed & Un-framed), all prints are of the highest quality and can be posted around Australia. All prints are printed on ilford paper and are sourced and framed locally so purchasing a framed print you support three local businesses at once.
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 Territory Map
A map showing some of the areas I guide
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
Tour Vehicle (TV Plates) fitted to both vehicles
20 Million Public Liability
Laurie is 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 13 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 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
Your Guide | Laurie Ross
Laurie loves the birds and they reciprocate with stunning poses in remote locations. Laurie is professional, prompt, informative, and fun. A rare combination! From serious birder to enthusiasts who love new species, you will not be disappointed. Thanks for a once in a lifetime tour of the Top End! ❤️
Date of experience: July 2019
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
Reviewed by Anne C
We recently spent some time with Laurie in an attempt to find a long sought target species. While it was a very late request, Laurie very generously made time in his busy schedule to meet help locate the species. His response to our request was very timely and clear, and he maintained contact prior to meeting to ensure all went to plan. It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with Laurie, he was very knowledgeable and a very good communicator. We look forward to spending more time with him on one of his tours in the future and would very happily recommend his services.
Reviewed by Jon P
Our day with Laurie Ross was wonderful, far exceeding our expectations. He really knows the birds, their call, their locations and their natural histories. He also took good care of his birders. He kept a bird list for us and provided a constant supply of cool water, as well as morning tea, lunch and restroom stops. On this very memorable day we saw 79 different species of birds.
Laurie took me around the best spots to find the birds I was after in Darwin and he did not disappoint. I saw (and photographed) all the species I wanted plus more! Super organised, friendly and professional - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for your birding trip. Thanks Laurie!
We had a great fortune to meet up with Laurie as the 1st Guinea Pig on his week long photo Safari .He to great length to make I had what would make a great photo. Was not the least disappointed. He was always on time,15 mins before. Had all the snacks in the refrigerated cooler. Had great food under the desert conditions. Had bird guides in all 7 continents and none can match his skills and care. Will be going back with him next year in Queensland for more endemics.
Visited August 2016
I have been liaising with Laurie via emails to arrange a place on a grasswren tour. Laurie replies promptly and always provides sufficient info. I look forward to joining his tour group.
For almost a month Laurie was our guide. He finds every bird and was excellent company. He also knew the best places to eat which was a big bonus for me!
Visited November 2016
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