Here at Audubon, we love ourselves a good bird photo. So, as we wait for the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards winners to be announced, we’ve been scouring Instagram for the very best #birdstagrams to tide us over. Read on to find our favorites, and hit that "Follow" button to add some fine feathered photography to your day. And don't forget to also follow Audubon's own Instagram account for even more birdy goodness.
Georgia-based photographer Jason Collins posts gorgeous photos from his regular birding trips in and around Eastman, Georgia, as well as farther afield. Whether he’s in his own backyard or traveling internationally to Greece or Colombia, he’s on the lookout for birds to capture with his camera. Captions provide IDs and snippets of information about the bird in the shot.
Expert photographer and Audubon magazine contributing editor Melissa Groo shares perfectly composed shots of birds and other wildlife taken on her travels, from Canada's boreal forest to the lagoons of the Bahamas. With a focus on photography ethics, Groo shares the story behind each photograph in her info-rich captions.
Professional photographer Traci Sepkovic keeps her feed full of artfully composed and often whimsical photos of North American birds and other wildlife. Frequent subjects include owls and shorebirds, and each post includes an entertaining anecdote about how she managed to snag her shot.
Award-winning National Geographic photographer Kiliii Yuyan shares gorgeous glimpses of life above the Arctic Circle in this Instagram account. Yuyan spotlights the wildlife, landscapes, and Indigenous communities of the Arctic, and his captions contain fascinating information about how and where he got his shot. Follow his account to catch a glimpse of what he’s up to while on assignment.
Sean Graesser, a New Jersey-based wildlife photographer and conservation scientist, uses his feed to document his work with the conservation organization Wild Bird Research Group and his scientific forays in Costa Rica. His images include vivid close-ups of tropical hummingbirds and other colorful specimens, with the occasional frog or bat thrown into the mix.
Young nature photographer Alice Sun is a self-described “biologist turned science communicator” who tells stories about science and conservation through her work. Her beautiful bird photography often comes with fun facts about the species pictured. Sun also works to empower other female-identifying nature photographers as a Girls Who Click ambassador.
This account, by wildlife photographer Theodore Emery, is full of artistic shots of birds often combined with philosophical musings about nature. Emery uses his account to share the joy he takes in experiencing the wild places of North America.