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About Tracks Birding & Me


My name is Laurie Ross and I am the owner and guide at Tracks Birding and Photography Tours, I run small group and private Birding Tours and Photography Tours based in Darwin, Northern Territory (NT), Tracks Birding caters for all aspects of birding including professional photographers who want high quality photographs, serious birders and listers who are looking at ticking some of the more difficult birds off their life lists and the entry level nature / bird lover who want to come out on a trip to learn more about birds and along the way get some great photos.

Tracks Birding and also organise extended tours from just about anywhere in Australia, please get in contact to discuss itineraries and pricing.


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


Canon 1Dx Mark II

Canon 1D Mark IV


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


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 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 Photography. He uses Canon Camera Gear & Swarovski Optics

FUNNY BIOGRAPHY : (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.


1 x Induro 8M AT413

1 x Induro CT313 CARBON 8X


Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Head II

Induro BHD3 Ball Head

Manfrotto Gear Head


Swarovski ATS 20-60x Spotting Scope 


Swarovski EL 10x42 W B Binoculars

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