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
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
Community Member
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.

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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
3 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

Lara Verne
Community Member
3 months ago

You took our wool, now we take your soul!

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Rubeus Hagrid
Community Member
4 months ago

The silence of the lambs reverse version

Angela Blackburn
Community Member
4 months ago

Hello my child.., come slumber with us

N G
Community Member
4 months ago

It makes me feel sheepish

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
3 months ago

The Sheeping

temmie
Community Member
3 months ago

they seek your soul

MidnightFury
Community Member
3 months ago

Are the extra dots in the background cars, other sheep, or something else that doesn't appear in photos...?

Hollie Newton
Community Member
3 months ago

Anyone remember the film Black Sheep? That's the vibes I'm getting from this

Autumn Quigley
Community Member
4 months ago

it reminds me of the goatman

Tori Duffek Flores
Community Member
3 months ago

whos the goatman?

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Saara-Elina Kaukiainen
Community Member
4 months ago

That's a no for me..

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
3 months ago

gary larson´s far side has become reality. this is the end, farmer.

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

They've got a purge vibe going on.

Connie May
Community Member
3 months ago

400 geese in the fields at night is what nightmares are made of. geese-at-n...a5c4e2.jpg geese-at-night-5e92936a5c4e2.jpg

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
3 months ago

"We're wai-ting to e-e-eat you!"

Ana M
Community Member
3 months ago

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 months ago

Looking at this again, I'm more afraid of those black blobs on my side of the fence. If it's a plant, there's nothing that convinces me it not possessed as well.

Sarah Nunns
Community Member
3 months ago

Let us innnn!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 months ago

Better think again if you are thinking about counting sheep to go to sleep!

elfin
Community Member
3 months ago

You don't work for Carly Fiorina, do you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKWlOxhSIKk

Nerdiqueen
Community Member
3 months ago

goat simulator be like

KT Trondsen
Community Member
3 months ago

O.O

Orenda Anyone
Community Member
3 months ago

Beware of the attack of wild sheep!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

Hahaha!!!!!

NCC-1701
Community Member
3 months ago

🎶Sheep, sheep, it’s time for sleep. Rest your head, it’s time for bed. In the morning, you will wake. Or in the morning, you’ll be dead.🎵

Diana Rogers
Community Member
3 months ago

I will count these sheep for nightmares!

Mya Lugar
Community Member
3 months ago

Hare's Bahhhhhhhhhnnnyyy!

grey galah
Community Member
3 months ago

why is there an Ewok behind? Star Wars: the Shepherd

LUCY PEVENSIE
Community Member
3 months ago

Did you mean a Jawa? They would be more likely to steal your sheep and sell them out in the desert.

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Alessandra Trabalho
Community Member
3 months ago

EVERYTHING about this picture is scary!!!

Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 months ago

They only come out at night. That's why your wool sweater is itchy. Possessed.

Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
4 months ago

let us out...you will feel free when we are free. let us out jimothy...you know you want to

Molly Block
Community Member
4 months ago

The nightmare is that unkempt trashing yard!

Summer C
Community Member
4 months ago

Whenever I try to count sheep, this is what I will think of

Weim Central
Community Member
4 months ago

We want iiiiiinnnnnn!

Carrie Perrine
Community Member
1 week ago

Hey don't knock on em too much. They are just looking for a job. Lmao

Jasmina Kumer
Community Member
3 months ago

They will skin you, you took their wool, they take your skin.

Jasmina Kumer
Community Member
3 months ago

The sheep arrived to skin you.

Tori Duffek Flores
Community Member
3 months ago

did u know the devil likes to impersonify sheep or goats?

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH they what to kill you

Kat Rogers
Community Member
3 months ago

👺🔥👺💀👽🔥👀😵

I love cats
Community Member
3 months ago

What’s the third thing I think it’s a badger

Tori Duffek Flores
Community Member
3 months ago

they worship the devil!

Rani Johnson
Community Member
3 months ago

Nuuuuu. Clarisse!

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
3 months ago

Sorry. Seen much worse/better examples in the same category.

Jackson Bowen
Community Member
3 months ago

You have been visited by the sheep cult. Vote for this picture or pay with your life.

Holidays in Alghero
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait till you meet an entire flock in the night on a lone road. I live in Sardinia, I know what I'm talking about 😱

Duncan
Community Member
3 months ago

...or are they sheep?

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
Community Member
3 months ago

Come on just open the gate, we won't hurt you, yeah we won't hurt you!

Alejandro Villegas
Community Member
3 months ago

SLENDER IS COMING FOR YOU

Yvonne
Community Member
3 months ago

They've come for you Barbara

Harleen
Community Member
3 months ago

SOON

Pastelliox
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s Shaun the sheep

Pamela Scott
Community Member
3 months ago

I had no idea that was such a thing as demon sheep! Will never count them to fall asleep ever again! Wonder if that is why I have had so many nightmares!

Tiffany McBride
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't worry, they can only pass if you invite them in.

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
3 months ago

they have come to consume you

Diana Tulip
Community Member
3 months ago

LMAO

Emmalyn Watson
Community Member
4 months ago

C O M E W I T H U S P A S T T H I S G A T E I N T O T H E V O I D

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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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