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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4 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
4 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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4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago (edited)

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

George the gorilla
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Wow we have everyone!

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

The lesser spotted eagle.

Roald Andresen
Community Member
4 months ago

The curse of auto-focus.

Ashley Nell
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow, look at that tree! don't bother with that blob in the back.

Cici Qiu
Community Member
4 months ago

Camera: distracted bf. Eagle: jealous gf.Tree: hot girl.

Thundercuss
Community Member
4 months ago

If you squint really hard it looks right.

Joran Quinten
Community Member
4 months ago

I think he's acting kinda vague

Kat Rogers
Community Member
3 months ago

DAMN, MY NEW 👓 AREN'T WORKING VERY WELL AT ALL~ THEY'RE MAKING THIS PICTURE REALLY BLURRY! Well, at least part of The Picture? Hey, wait a minute... THAT'S NOOOT Right! Niiice Tree 🌳!

I love cats
Community Member
3 months ago

I thought it was slender man for a second

Bellamy John
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow the eagle is photobombing this beautiful, majestic, rare picture of a tree!

Amazon QT
Community Member
4 months ago

The Right tree has a face in it! lol oh yeah and there’s a Bold Eagle in the background!! 😂🤣😂🤣

Michael Steele
Community Member
4 months ago

My camera always assumes it's the trees I want to focus on.

Michael Steele
Community Member
4 months ago

My camera does the same thing. It finds something to focus on, not what I had in mind at all, alas.

Melissa D
Community Member
4 months ago

Why do I kinda like it

Ana M
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, beautiful ea.... tree.

BRYLEE CORN
Community Member
4 months ago

It looks like a creepy person in a tree...

Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

This would definitely be something I'd take.

Timothy Gasper
Community Member
4 months ago

If you look closely you can just make out the tree in the foreground, but that eagle....WOW

Naomi Cline
Community Member
4 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣

🐼NaeNae🐼
Community Member
4 months ago

And this rare eag- wow what a nice tree!

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
4 months ago

Ha! I've done the same exact thing! Damn camera...

gpc1965
Community Member
4 months ago

Focus. It really matters.

Esther Harrison
Community Member
4 months ago

That auto-focus just doesn't "get it"?

Michelle MyBell
Community Member
4 months ago

This one really made me laugh

Bart Moore
Community Member
4 months ago

Nice bokeh!

Jennifer
Community Member
4 months ago

Awesome.

Linda Harms
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah, autofocus strikes again!

Piper McHann
Community Member
4 months ago

When your camera zoom in and out goes wrong

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL!!!!!

Kanga9ine
Community Member
4 months ago

This is just so sad. Having to explain to your friends is a path no one should ever have to walk. I can hear the laughter reverberating in my head. Dude. WTF happened?

Emily Weick
Community Member
4 months ago

Treeagle :)

SpillTheTea
Community Member
4 months ago

Is that slenderman behind the tree?!!!?

Khloe Ness
Community Member
3 months ago

ALRIGHT, who dropped a snowball on the tree?

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
3 months ago

Auto focus strikes again!

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
3 months ago

?:< this person is so deaddddddd said the eagle

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
3 months ago

Focus “a bit” off might?

John Baker
Community Member
4 months ago

And this is why any decent camera has a manual focus option.

Olga wassupbrothers
Community Member
4 months ago

haha ) it's perfect!

Duncan
Community Member
4 months ago

That would be so annoying, but then you should check your images

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW - took me a while to see it!

Pastelliox
Community Member
4 months ago

The chree is cool tho

Tiffany McBride
Community Member
4 months ago

LMFAO

Hana Abera
Community Member
4 months ago

That is why i never use portrait mode... XD

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#12

I Give You Pizza Squirrel.

I Give You Pizza Squirrel.

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N G
Community Member
4 months ago

Teenage mutant ninja squirrels

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#13

When Poles Fly

When Poles Fly

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EA
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

hmmm indeed

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#19

Not Amused

Not Amused

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

I'm out!

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#29

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

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Janine B.
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

Duuuude....

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#34

:(

:(

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Chuckie
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 months ago

Lorikeet?

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#36

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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Rowlie
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

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

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