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“Best birding guide in Australia!”

Tracks Birding & Photography Tours
Ranked #50 of 86 Outdoor Activities in Darwin
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We have birded with a good number of guides over the years, including some very well known ‘stars’. Laurie tops them all easily. We spent two weeks with him in Alice Springs, Kathrine, Kakadu, Darwin, Cairns and the Tablelands. He is everything you would hope to see in a bird guide: very knowledgeable about birds in general, knows where to find them, recognizes bird songs and calls fantastically, knows how to approach them and how to show them to us in a way that would make it easy to obtain great photos. He has great relationship with many local birders and has used those relationships to get tips on where rare birds could be found.

As an example, he would hear a bird call while driving on the highway at 130 km/hr, would be able to notice that bird camouflaged in a bush, and turn around in time to show it to us.

In addition, Laurie was a pleasure to spend time with. He was friendly, interesting, and knowledgeable about insects, reptiles, fauna and local history. As a nature photographer, he provided us with great photography tips.

Thanks to Laurie, we have exceeded all expectations to find and photograph birds by over 50%!

Thank MDbirders
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

This is a very helpful guide used it all the time on our visit to Cairns and Atherton Tablelands. It is so helpful in identifying the birds.

Thank Peter R
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Laurie R, Owner at Tracks Birding & Photography Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thanks for taking the time to do a review, Its great to hear you found my guide useful.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Wish we had found Laurie's 'on the cheap bird guides' before Katherine/Victoria River. However his guides for Darwin and Kakadu were excellent and extremely helpful. Having been on a guided tour two years ago we knew where and what we wanted to see, but his notes were detailed and very generous considering the fact that bird and photography tours are his business. Still didn't find the Purple-crowned Fairy-wren!

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Laurie R, Owner at Tracks Birding & Photography Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thanks for the review, you will have to come back as you just have to see a Purple-crowned Fairy-wren!

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

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!

Thank DanielleBel
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Laurie seems to have super human hearing and eyesight. I owe at least seven Life Birds to him. The man knows his stuff! He is also an incredibly gifted wildlife photographer,

Thank R B
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