How many times have you scrolled through breathtaking pics of wildlife and told yourself “challenge accepted”? Well, it turns out it’s not so easy to take that pitch-perfect shot.

Animals⁠, they move. A camera⁠, it wobbles. A hand⁠, it shakes. And weather⁠, it’s always a mystery. This is the combination you need to get a spectacularly terrible wildlife pic. In fact, some of the entries are so bad they've made their way into the Crap Wildlife Photography group on Facebook. Here are some of the best failed shots that may make you think twice about pressing that capture button any time soon.

#1

I Took This Picture Of A Carpenter Bee Last Summer

I Took This Picture Of A Carpenter Bee Last Summer

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like it’s got googly eyes.

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#2

I Was In The Middle Of A Zoom When I Noticed This Bastard

I Was In The Middle Of A Zoom When I Noticed This Bastard

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 year ago

Aaaand it's time to buy a new keyboard.

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#3

Timed My Shot Perfectly. *sigh*

Timed My Shot Perfectly. *sigh*

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Lara Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

This accurately describes a lot of board meetings.

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Bored Panda contacted Marina Cano, an award-winning wildlife photographer and Canon ambassador who told us what it takes to capture wildlife like a pro. Marina’s work has been on the covers of National Geographic, and in 2015 she was a finalist of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.

With so many unsuccessful wildlife and animal pictures surfing around the internet, one cannot help but wonder what makes it so difficult to capture that golden shot. “It lies in how unpredictable the animals can be,” explained Marina, “but that’s also the most exciting thing about capturing these images.”

#4

Didn’t Know I Was Playing The Sims

Didn’t Know I Was Playing The Sims

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

Or a role-playing game. I think the deer has a quest for you.

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#5

I Went Out To The Balcony To Photograph The Birds, But Instead Photographed A Fish...

I Went Out To The Balcony To Photograph The Birds, But Instead Photographed A Fish...

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg I am an idiot. I was thinking how the hell did a fish get up in the air and then I realised it is the bird but the wings are out of view.

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#6

Tried To Get A Spread Wings Shot...

Tried To Get A Spread Wings Shot...

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

PROOF that birds aren't real! They're government issue spy drones!

Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

lol

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YoyoSthlm
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like a squid with two eyes!

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
1 year ago

In her prom dress

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Chuckie
Community Member
1 year ago

This is much more interesting in my opinion. Must be hard to catch a frame like this.

Ben Steinberg
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a shuttlecock

Vilius Sakalauskas
Community Member
1 year ago

This bird needs redbull

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
1 year ago

The incredibly rare wingless bird

Keisha Washington
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope I shall not floof my wings for you

Debbie Palmer
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a birdy for badminton.

Craptavaganza
Community Member
1 year ago

This is even better!

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

That's actually really cool.

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
1 year ago

But, how rare and exquisite is this shot?! Well done!

Jacquelyn Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

This is more unique. I like it.

Bill Kratz
Community Member
1 year ago

Look ma, no wings!

Lenore Villa
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a shuttlecock. Were you playing badminton?

Clare George
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
1 year ago

It's in stealth mode!

Eddie Maurer
Community Member
1 year ago

Just a hand fan.

Autumn Quigley
Community Member
1 year ago

honestly, this is kind of cool though

XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
1 year ago

If it had its wings out that would have been an AMAZING shot

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

Weird, but still cool.

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

So you take 10 photos.

nancy Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this shot

Cici Qiu
Community Member
1 year ago

...but i got a spread butt shot instead...

Timothy Gasper
Community Member
1 year ago

DAMN it. I left my wings at home....again

JJM
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty bird though.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty cool

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it ☺️🙈

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought Jarts were illegal these days...

chachkimooch
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

This is a wonderful capture of the rarely seen albino spread tail pigeon!

Esther Harrison
Community Member
1 year ago

You're saying tail feathers don't count - just wings?

j b milam
Community Member
1 year ago

launched from a catapult

Attila Boncok
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a dovepedo.

Amanda Javorsky
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a live shuttlecock!

MidnightFury
Community Member
1 year ago

and POOF! They disappeared :O

Mark Serbian
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a squid. In the air. Getting ready to poop on you...

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 year ago

But this is more intriguing!

Piper McHann
Community Member
1 year ago

Were even are the wings?

Annette Christopherson
Community Member
1 year ago

A prop bird.

Shampoo
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude I would be soooo mad!

Pamela E Brueckner
Community Member
1 year ago

My type of shot except it's a blue sky with a dot that you can't tell what it is

Sherry Hart
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s about to POOP! Watch out! 😂 🤣

Lola
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe it didn’t have any, lol.

Colin L
Community Member
1 year ago

Bird-pedo? Wow, that sounds bad too.

Khloe Ness
Community Member
1 year ago

such a pretty fish.. is it a betta? if it is i'll take it! (this is a joke)

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
1 year ago

what the fuck government

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
1 year ago

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF YOU JUST GOT BUST

ANDREY KOZARETSKIY
Community Member
1 year ago

Theses were birds before wings were discovered for them

Beep Bop
Community Member
1 year ago

There are no birds only flying squids and fish

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
1 year ago

To fast wing moves. Sure it’s a dove and not a hummingbird?

BlackRabbit
Community Member
1 year ago

this just looks so wrong the more you stare at it

Felicia Dale
Community Member
1 year ago

Fabulous...

Gail Nicholson
Community Member
1 year ago

This is becoming alarming. Two shots of birds apparently flying without spread wings - is it a conspiracy? :o

Bacony
Community Member
1 year ago

Bird missile, headed to west korea.

Aliya Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

THERE ARE TWO BIRD FAILS IN A ROW IM DYING NOOO

Red Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like a badminton birdie.

Pamela Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually really neat! I would think this would be the harder shot to get.

Dawn K
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahaha

Kylie Stovall
Community Member
1 year ago

its a flying white carrot

Lyop
Community Member
1 year ago

That's so cool tho.

Alecto Carrow
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeet

Jen Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

I am feeling a metaphor here- something sappy about flying despite not having wings. Anybody have any ideas? The sky is gorgeous, btw.

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

This gull must be in "bombs away" mode. It actually looks photoshopped, like its wings were removed. Pretty cool though.

Clare George
Community Member
1 year ago

Not a gull. It’s a rock dove. And it’s definitely not photoshopped.

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According to Marina, the most important thing to know before taking a camera is that “whatever happens in the day you will come back home happy to be in the wild.” On top of that, you need to be passionate, because in this case “you won’t blame anything and just enjoy it.” And how many times have we blamed the wobbly camera, crappy weather, and bad light?

A day in the life of a wildlife photography professional looks “more or less like a normal job,” except when you shoot in the bush. “The days in the bush make this job the most enjoyable profession on Earth.” Marina said she wakes up at around 4:00 and she’s happy to know “I have the rest of the daylight to spend in nature, to be witness, and to expect, if lucky, to capture the most extraordinary action out there.”

#7

Realizing I’d Made A Mistake

Realizing I’d Made A Mistake

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Colin L
Community Member
1 year ago

A great photo to bring to the ER so they can give you the correct anti-venom, and laugh at yet another utterly avoidable accident.

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#8

Owl

Owl

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Might as well say Yeti

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#9

When You Have An Encounter With A Rare Predator But Get Photobombed By A Magpie

When You Have An Encounter With A Rare Predator But Get Photobombed By A Magpie

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Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

The real question though is, is that predator sighting you or that magpie? I'd be worried....

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In wildlife photography, nature dictates everything. That means that in order to get that picture, you need practice. But some things should be inherent to an animal and wildlife photographer. You need to be able to keep silent, stay still for long periods of time. Remember that nature is their home, and you’re the guest.

You should also learn to keep your eyes open for every little thing. Animals living in the wild have adapted to their environments extremely well. Taking a nice shot usually takes days of hard work and dedication, so you need to be patient.

We previously wrote about the photographer who took a perfect shot of a kingfisher after 4,200 hours and 720,000 attempts. This award-winning shot of an eagle also took Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen 3 years of wait. So, yeah, we are talking years of wait in the pro game.

#10

Courtesy Of My Dad And His Ancient Phone... Little Owl Eating Lunch

Courtesy Of My Dad And His Ancient Phone... Little Owl Eating Lunch

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

The poor thing looks so tired and muddy. I want to take it home and give it a bath and blow dry it into a perfect fluffy ball (I do know it wouldn't appreciate any of that, don't worry)

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#11

A Most Majestic Tree

A Most Majestic Tree

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

And here we have a majestic eagle...... wow look at this fine tree.

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#12

I Give You Pizza Squirrel.

I Give You Pizza Squirrel.

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

Teenage mutant ninja squirrels

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#13

When Poles Fly

When Poles Fly

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EA
Community Member
1 year ago

George George, George of the jungle. Watch out for that tree!

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#14

Took A Photo Of A Drill

Took A Photo Of A Drill

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Lana Belysheva
Community Member
1 year ago

Awww adorable foxy! Great shot, lil' floof is shaking off water!

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#15

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

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Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Playtime for kitty. This is a great shot. Look at his face! He's having so much fun!

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#16

This Handfeeding The Birds Was Going Great Until He Looked Right At Me And I Realized His Face Was Actually Kinda Scary And He Looked Pretty Pissed Off!

This Handfeeding The Birds Was Going Great Until He Looked Right At Me And I Realized His Face Was Actually Kinda Scary And He Looked Pretty Pissed Off!

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Ryan Hall
Community Member
1 year ago

HAHAHAHAHA

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#17

I Got Distracted By The Frog In The Back And Lost Focus But To Be Entirely Honest I Think National Geographic Should Use This Picture As Their Cover.

I Got Distracted By The Frog In The Back And Lost Focus But To Be Entirely Honest I Think National Geographic Should Use This Picture As Their Cover.

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Lara Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

What kind of setting are they in? It makes the frogs look as big as cats!

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#18

Hmmm

Hmmm

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Nawal Wali
Community Member
1 year ago

hmmm indeed

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#19

Not Amused

Not Amused

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like it has eaten a bee and it’s cheeks have swelled up.

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#20

The Pinnacle Of My Wildlife Photography Career

The Pinnacle Of My Wildlife Photography Career

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Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

Look for that silver lining! Be glad it wasn't a skunk.

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#21

I Found A God Of All Pidgeons On A Walk With My Dog

I Found A God Of All Pidgeons On A Walk With My Dog

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Angela Blackburn
Community Member
1 year ago

He's in bred

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#22

I'm Not Sure Why I Ever Thought It Was A Good Idea To Take A Picture Of The Sheep In The Dark, But It Ended Up Being The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of.

I'm Not Sure Why I Ever Thought It Was A Good Idea To Take A Picture Of The Sheep In The Dark, But It Ended Up Being The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of.

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

They've come to take your soul

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#23

Behold, The Majestic Bald Eagle

Behold, The Majestic Bald Eagle

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

Truly breathtaking.

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#24

Doe In Background Was Taking A Crap, Just To Top It Off

Doe In Background Was Taking A Crap, Just To Top It Off

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

The hole in the tree lines up with the deer eye.

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#25

Didn’t Know How Funny This Was Until I Sent It To My Daughter...

Didn’t Know How Funny This Was Until I Sent It To My Daughter...

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Nawal Wali
Community Member
1 year ago

Error wings unavailable

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#26

This Freaky Flying Ghost Child Is Actually A Blurred Great Blue Heron

This Freaky Flying Ghost Child Is Actually A Blurred Great Blue Heron

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Michaela Cole
Community Member
1 year ago

Indeed a flying ghost child...just keep them all guessing!

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#27

A Magnificent Swan

A Magnificent Swan

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

the whole composition is not very attractive anyway

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#28

Gotta Be Quicker Than That!

Gotta Be Quicker Than That!

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Chuckie
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm out!

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#29

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

It's Nessie!!!

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#30

'you Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round.' Low Light + The Wrong Camera Setting = Guess The Animal. Nb No Animals Were Hurt In The Taking Of This Shot.. It Landed Safely On My Patio

'you Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round.' Low Light + The Wrong Camera Setting = Guess The Animal. Nb No Animals Were Hurt In The Taking Of This Shot.. It Landed Safely On My Patio

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Nawal Wali
Community Member
1 year ago

Taz from Looney Toons?

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#31

Blurry And Screaming - A Mood

Blurry And Screaming - A Mood

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Me emerging from my apartment after quarantine is over

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#32

How Flippin Weird Do Pigeons Look When They Look Down?

How Flippin Weird Do Pigeons Look When They Look Down?

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

wow there buddy

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#33

Out Of Focus Mantis Looks Like Cracked Out Mantis

Out Of Focus Mantis Looks Like Cracked Out Mantis

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Hseed
Community Member
1 year ago

Duuuude....

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#34

:(

:(

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Chuckie
Community Member
1 year ago

I call this piece "the one that got away"

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#35

Found This Amongst Some Beauties

Found This Amongst Some Beauties

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Rubeus Hagrid
Community Member
1 year ago

Lorikeet?

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#36

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Raccooooooooooooooon

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#37

I Present The Mighty, Yet Gentle, Caribbean Manatee.

I Present The Mighty, Yet Gentle, Caribbean Manatee.

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Master of disguise. 😎

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#38

This Cougar Was So Close I Was Able To Get A Picture Of It!!!

This Cougar Was So Close I Was Able To Get A Picture Of It!!!

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Cougar? That's clearly the owl from above. Who do you think you can fool, eh?

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