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 and/or Photography Trips throughout Northern Australia and can tailor make itineraries to suit any preferences or birds. Tracks Birding caters for all aspects of birding including professional photographers who want high quality photographs, serious birders and listers 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 can organise extended trips from just about anywhere in Australia including Darwin, Alice Springs, Mount Isa, Winton, Bedourie, Birdsville, Cairns, Iron Range, Brisbane, Bowra and everywhere in between, please get in contact to discuss itineraries and pricing.


Kakadu Knowledge for Tour Guides

Kakadu Land-based Tour Licence

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Permits & Operator License

Queensland Parks & Wildlife Permits throughout the state

Commercial Passenger Vehicle (CPV) Accreditation

Tour Vehicle (TV Plates) fitted to Vehicle

Senior First Aid

20 Million Public Liability (Australia wide)


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 endless drive to get that perfect photo, and he holds one of the most stunning photographic collections of rare Australian birds.

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.

Laurie’s extensive collection of bird photos can be seen here: Laurie Ross Photography.

He uses Canon Camera Gear & Swarovski Optics

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