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Interested in taking bird photos?

You've come to the right place! Maybe you’re a bird lover who doesn’t know your f-stop from your ISO speed. Or maybe you’re an experienced photographer who recently realized that birds are endlessly fascinating subjects. Whatever brings you to the world of bird photography, we’ve got the instructions, pro tips, gear recs, and inspiration you’ll need to get going.

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Portrait of a Forest on the Climate Edge
A bird's eye view of a winter scene of a forest with some green pine trees and bare aspen, paper birch, and red maple trees.
Portrait of a Forest on the Climate Edge

In Minnesota, a boreal forest ecosystem could shift north over the Canada border this century. Local photographers, scientists, and land managers are grappling with what that means—and how to respond.

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Photographed mid-flight with wings extended behind its body a Rufous Hummingbird shows off its white underwing feathers and namesake plumage as it dips its bill into the yellow flower of twinberry honeysuckle, a shrub native to the western United States.

10 Gorgeous Shots Showcasing Birds and the Native Plants They Need

September 25, 2023 — Check out these stunners from the Plants for Birds category of the 2023 Audubon Photography Awards.
A tawny female North Cardinal faces the camera, head cocked, while taking a bath, its red wings extended upward as droplets of water surround the bird and fill the frame. The water below reflects the bird’s body and the droplets.

Our Favorite Female Bird Shots From the 2023 Audubon Photography Awards

July 18, 2023 — Marvel at the beauty and ingenuity of 14 birds that often get overlooked.

The 2023 Audubon Photography Awards: The Top 100

June 28, 2023 — Revel in the staggering beauty and surprising behaviors featured in this gallery of our favorite images. Also check out the story behind each shot.
A bright yellow female Baltimore Oriole with a clump of thin light strands held in her bill perches at the end of a branch and faces to the right in the frame. The strands billow around her, slightly out of focus, in front of a blurred green background.

The 2023 Audubon Photography Awards: Winners and Honorable Mentions

June 21, 2023 — We pored through thousands of entries for this year’s contest. The best images show birds going about their business in the most glorious ways.

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Photos: Brad Wilson

Who’s Who?

These owls may wear the same game face, but when it comes to personality, they’re as different as day and night.