15 Awesome Instagram Accounts for Beautiful Bird Photos

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Here at Audubon, we love ourselves a good bird photo. As we wait for the next Audubon Photography Awards contest to kick off, we’ve been scouring Instagram for the very best #birdstagrams to tide us over. Read on to find 15 of our favorites, and hit that "Follow" button to add some fine feathered photography to your day. 

Melissa Groo


Expert photographer and Audubon contributing editor Melissa Groo shares perfectly composed shots of birds and other wildlife taken on her travels, from the boreal forest and wetland coasts to the lagoons of Florida and the Bahamas. You can read up on the story behind each photograph in her info-rich captions, too.


“When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us. There are people who see only dullness in the world and that is because their eyes have already been dulled. So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see.” ―John O'Donohue American Avocets cross bills in their post-copulatory display. Photographed at the edge of Bowdoin Lake in Montana a couple springs ago. #wildlife #nature #animals #wildplanet @outdoorphotomag #outdoorphotomag #natureisspeaking @audubonsociety #audubonsociety #nanpapix #photooftheday #picoftheday #thetweetsuites #photoarena_nature #wildlife_perfection #instagood #birds #best_birds_of_ig #instabirds #birdsofinstagram #birdstagram #montana #shorebirds #avocets #americanavocets #bowdoin #nationalwildliferefuge #love

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Jeffrey P. Karnes


A perfect feed for your daily dose of bird vogue. Wildlife photographer Jeffrey Karnes posts elegant portraits of the slender-necked egrets, herons, and spoonbills that live in the southeastern United States. And he doesn't keep any secrets either: Every caption reveals details on how he captured the image. 


Sean Graesser


Sean Graesser, a Connecticut-based wildlife photographer and conservationist, uses his feed to document his scientific forays in Costa Rica. His images include vivid close-ups of tropical hummingbirds and other colorful specimens, with the occasional North American frog and Boston Terrier thrown into the mix.


Heather Thorning


Heather Thorning travels around Australia taking portraits of some of the most distinctive birds on the planet. Scope out her feed for a glimpse of the blush-colored Major Mitchell Cockatoos in their natural habitat, along with a ridiculous amount of adorable chicks.


Matthew Studebaker


Ohio-based photography guide Matthew Studebaker finds the art in nature with every shot. His images include colorful songbirds and painterly landscapes from all across North America. He leads bird-photography tours in places like Alaska, Hawaii, and Florida, resulting in a stunning and diverse Instagram feed. 


Common Loon

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John Crawley


John Crawley uses a lifetime of experience behind the camera to fill his Instagram feed with striking portraits of birds from multiple continents. His feed is like a photographic avian atlas, complete with handy species descriptions, specific locations, and facts about each bird.


Gerrit Vyn


As a conservationist, author, and bird photographer from Portland, Oregon, Gerrit Vyn drops knowledge with each new, beautiful post. Some of his Instagrams are adapted from his renowned book, The Living Bird. He often highlights conservation issues related to his subjects, such as the decline of the Ivory Gull thanks to pollution and climate change.


A White-tailed Ptarmigan from The Living Bird, a new book from iLCP Fellow @gerritvyn and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. As global climates continue to warm, whole ecosystems shift toward the poles, with consequences that are only just beginning to be explored and understood. Animals, including White-tailed Ptarmigan, that live on isolated mountaintops in the southern parts of their ranges are increasingly hard pressed. With rising temperatures, the environments they require will move higher and higher until they cease to exist entirely. Please #follow @gerritvyn to learn more about the book and his work. Also find him at Photo: @gerritvyn #wildlifephotography #birds #birdphotography #nature #conservation #conservationphotography #nature #wildlife_perfection #snap_wildlife #picoftheday #photooftehday #instagram #animals #allnatureshots #birdsofinstagram #grouse #bestbirdshots #wildlifeplanet

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Linda Krueger


Spouses Linda and Kevin Krueger use social media to catalog each species they photograph across the West, including the ones living in their backyard in Minnesota. Linda Krueger’s Instagram features a plucky lineup of the characters they meet, often accompanied by a tidbit about the bird and what it was up to.



Black-capped Chickadee. This bird got drenched despite it being a very fine mist.

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Brian Kushner


Nature photographer Brian Kushner produces portraits of animals in motion. Battling Bald Eagles and a very bold Red-winged Blackbird are just a few samples of the action-packed shots he provides in his feed. 



Snowy Owl #kushnerphotocom #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife #birds

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Scott Osborne


Live from Australia’s Gold Coast, photographer Scott Osborne documents the vivid wildlife of the Land Down Under. Visit his feed to find endemic Australian species like the Laughing Kookaburra and Red-backed Fairywren, often caught in flight or with a beak full of fish.



Lee Anne Russell 


Hailing from the woods near Brownsville, Tennessee, Lee Anne Russell’s bird photos always come with a cheerful and quirky caption. Inquisitive Long-billed Thrashers and puffy Blue Jays add a touch of whimsy to her Instagram.



Guilherme Battistuzzo


A biologist and tour guide by trade, Guilherme Battistuzzo’s photography focuses on the Brazilian birds he needs to find for his job, including Red-ruffed Fruitcrows, Festive Coquettes, and Ruby-crowned Tanagers. Follow his account to get daily glimpses into one of the most diverse avian habitats in the world.



Shelley Pearson  


A perfect day for Shelley Pearson begins with a pre-dawn birding quest. Her photography explores the quirky personalities of the birds she encounters paired with the awe-inspiring Australian landscapes they call home.



William Murdock


If you can’t get enough of Canada’s elusive boreal birds, Vancouver-based wildlife photographer William Murdock has you covered. His feed is an ongoing stream of British Columbia's diverse avians, with the occasional (and necessary) appearance by a baby moose.



#Hummingbird at the Richmond Nature Park on Sept 23rd | Canon Camera 5DSR | Canon Lens 500mm f/4L

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Audun Lie Dahl


Puffins, White-tailed Eagles, and the Aurora Borealis are just a few of the highlights on this Norwegian wildlife photographer’s feed—with the rogue lion, orangutan, and hoopoe thrown in. Come for the bird pics, stay for the dazzling snow-scapes and mountain vistas.



Black Browed Albatros, Falkland Islands. This must be one of the most beautiful birds I have photographed!

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