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)
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9 months 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
9 months 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
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9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago

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

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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
9 months 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
9 months ago

Might as well say Yeti

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
9 months ago

or oncoming car

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

I've been waiting for the page to load. Then I was wondering why it was kinda purple. Then I saw...the eyes..

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
9 months ago

Omg yes me too!

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N G
Community Member
9 months ago

It's a real hoot

Colin L
Community Member
9 months ago

Twhooo pixels.

Patty Stier
Community Member
9 months ago

Come closer, closer - look into my eyes!

glowworm2
Community Member
9 months ago

That's actually kind of terrifying.

Justin Fluff
Community Member
9 months ago

that will scare me if i saw that

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
9 months ago

That's so good! ha ha.

Faith Nicole
Community Member
9 months ago

If you zoom ALL the way in, you can see the outline of the owls body.. pretty neat photo. Mine come out black when taken at night, wonder why this one's purple..it adds character

Roman Underwood
Community Member
9 months ago

demons are real

nettie netwitch
Community Member
9 months ago

Hoot!

Molly Block
Community Member
9 months ago

Who? Where?

Bellamy John
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh look bigfoot!

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
9 months ago

I got an awesome video / audio of a couple of Bard Owl https://youtu.be/djCER0Ebl5Y Its a bit long, but rewarding, watch it to the end

Amazon QT
Community Member
9 months ago

... coming in for a landing! He’s got his landing gear down!

Cécile Voltolin
Community Member
9 months ago

lol first smile of the day, thankyouu 😄

Ana M
Community Member
9 months ago

Owl? Mmmmmmmmmm.......

Peter Wiggins
Community Member
9 months ago

You twit

BRYLEE CORN
Community Member
9 months ago

Is it though...

weatherwitch
Community Member
9 months ago

😂😂😂

Janet Chaney
Community Member
9 months ago

almost missed it

Tracy Handy
Community Member
9 months ago

Cat

JJM
Community Member
9 months ago

Awww! two dots of...............................?

JJM
Community Member
9 months ago

Awwwww! two little dots.

Sarah Nunns
Community Member
9 months ago

👀

Naomi Cline
Community Member
9 months ago

🤣

Rikke Hackner
Community Member
9 months ago

If you say so

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
9 months ago

Just like a forest!

Grace Skerp
Community Member
9 months ago

Soon

Carole Reid
Community Member
9 months ago

I don't even see how

Robert Brown
Community Member
9 months ago

Mothman

Tracy Ashworth
Community Member
9 months ago

this is the best one yet lol

Tracy Ashworth
Community Member
9 months ago

omg this is the best yet lol

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
9 months ago

The boogey man???

FÛŁŁ_ÊFFÊČT
Community Member
9 months ago

Looks like a microscopic spider bite

Shelby McClain
Community Member
9 months ago

Dragon!

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
9 months ago

LOL

CR Harvey
Community Member
9 months ago

Mothman!

JLaw
Community Member
9 months ago

Brilliant.

Beaver
Community Member
9 months ago

Nice paint chip

Diane schindelholz
Community Member
9 months ago

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Kanga9ine
Community Member
9 months ago

Incoming to Area 51. Sneaky bastards.

Theherplover
Community Member
9 months ago

What made this?

Theherplover
Community Member
9 months ago

And why is it purple?

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Ben Steinberg
Community Member
9 months ago

Or headlights...

Ben Gross
Community Member
9 months ago

Who knew they had landing lights?

Khloe Ness
Community Member
8 months ago

i am watching youuuuuuuuuuu

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
8 months ago

LMAO!

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
8 months ago

this was from today 180-5eb03c...dd5260.jpg 180-5eb03cbdd5260.jpg

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
8 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
8 months ago

I think we saw the same bird sova-5eaef...5203f9.jpg sova-5eaef145203f9.jpg

Kat Rogers
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

YEEEESSS, YES, I SEE👀IT!

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
9 months ago

LOL

Maja Lange
Community Member
9 months ago

This made me laugh. :)

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
9 months ago

I have that problem too with night pictures.

thomas the tank engine
Community Member
9 months ago

I'm pretty sure that's not an owl. I'm like 99% sure that that's actually what you see at the gates of hell

Adit Danhorn
Community Member
9 months ago

horror

Felicia Dale
Community Member
9 months ago

What their prey see at the last second.

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
Community Member
9 months ago

Is that really an owl?

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
9 months ago

WOW!

Alejandro Villegas
Community Member
9 months ago

slenderman

Gabi
Community Member
9 months ago

Mothman.

Ann Aldridge
Community Member
9 months ago

It's batman

Diane Lloyd
Community Member
9 months ago

I think it's the carpenter bee.

Angela Martin
Community Member
9 months ago

Made me h...owl :)

Daianna Theo
Community Member
9 months ago

Jesus! That's he beginning of a quality horror movie, right there. :)))))))

Ryleigh
Community Member
9 months ago

That's not creepy at all said no one

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
9 months ago

that's spoopy

Lyop
Community Member
9 months ago

Im just going to leave now...

Maureen Peters
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh, it's Hedwig and Harry Potter in the top right corner!

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
9 months ago

I’m watching you.

Angel Schilder
Community Member
9 months ago

Ooowly shit!

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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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago

Teenage mutant ninja squirrels

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#13

When Poles Fly

When Poles Fly

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EA
Community Member
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago

hmmm indeed

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#19

Not Amused

Not Amused

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago

I'm out!

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#29

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

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Janine B.
Community Member
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago

Duuuude....

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#34

:(

:(

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Chuckie
Community Member
9 months 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
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9 months ago

Lorikeet?

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#36

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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Rowlie
Community Member
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago

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

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