Our 20 most popular Instagram photos in 2020

Great Egret by Linn Smith
Posted August 19

During the breeding season, Great Egrets grow long plumes called aigrettes, and a patch of skin on their face turns green. Linn Smith added this photo to our galleries. Original gallery image

Indigo Bunting by Susan Bleiweiss
Posted September 7

In bird photography, it pays to persist! Susan Bleiweiss spent about 40 minutes taking pictures of this Indigo Bunting. When it landed at the top of a tree framed by blue sky, Susan had the shot! Original gallery image

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl by Joshua Clark
Posted December 10

Joshua Clark photographed this Snowy Owl about three years ago at Presque Isle State Park in Pennsylvania. Original gallery image

Tawny-browed Owl by Lucas Ramiro
Posted October 31

Photo of the day: Lucas Ramiro shared this closeup of a Tawny-browed Owl in our World Gallery. The species is found in southeastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and northeastern Argentina. Original gallery image

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet by Marshall Faintich
Posted October 22

Adult male Ruby-crowned Kinglets will raise their red crown feathers when excited. Marshall Faintich said this one would raise his crown feathers to keep another from foraging too close. He spotted the bird in Crozet, Virginia, four years ago. Original gallery image