Instagram has made it super easy to connect with other bird fanatics around the country and beyond. If you’re looking to fill your feed with more feathers, check out these accounts:
DoC’s dispatches from the frontlines of New Zealand conservation are often delightful and always educational. We love following their initiatives in real time — especially successes such as the recent release of 40 hīhī chicks in Taranaki. Go DoC!
Pauline is our inspiration for backyard bird photography. Strategically placed bird feeders in a colourful cottage garden allow her to snap birds in their element as well as document their daily activities. Pauline has a talent for capturing the shy korimako (bellbird) and we also love seeing the latest antics of the local guinea fowl.
We couldn’t possibly leave this one off the list… Our friends at Forest & Bird have a wonderful account that celebrates NZ’s natural beauty as well as advocates for it. With such a wide network of followers and supporters, they’re able to repost some of the country’s most beautiful photographs.
At 14 years of age, Bradley Shields is just getting started on his wildlife photography career. His Instagram account allows us to get up close to some of New Zealand’s smallest and rarest endemic birds.
This wandering Kiwi duo seems to always be in the right place at the right time. Although clearly there’s more to a great wildlife shot than that. Posts from far-flung spots like Urupukapuka Island and Ohope Beach showcase rare New Zealand birds such as the kākāriki and tomtit as well as a serious dedication to the photography craft.
And while you’re on there, don’t forget to follow Topflite on Instagram!