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

Wild 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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 funny photos of wildlife and animals 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 the one perfectly timed photo.”

#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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

Teenage mutant ninja squirrels

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#13

When Poles Fly

When Poles Fly

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EA
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

hmmm indeed

Parth Kulkarni
Community Member
2 years ago

More like Ummmm!

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Chuckie
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks like a pool. Not a wildlife.. Sadly

Ben Gross
Community Member
2 years ago

You do know that many professional "wildlife" photos are taken in captivity don't you?

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 years ago

Since his t.v. show was cancelled Flipper has struggled to find suitable work.

Summer C
Community Member
2 years ago

My mind goes strange places when I look at this

Felipe StillChill
Community Member
2 years ago

Censored

N G
Community Member
2 years ago

The dolphin has bitten off more than he can swallow

Linda Roy
Community Member
2 years ago

Unless I am very much mistaken, that dolphin is female...

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Kerry Clifford
Community Member
2 years ago

Dogs are sacked. Dolphins are clearly Man's best friend.

Wes Nishi
Community Member
2 years ago

...with benefits 😆

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Kanga9ine
Community Member
2 years ago

Heywood Jablowmie and friend.

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

Troy McClure?

XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
2 years ago

NOPE

Molly Block
Community Member
2 years ago

This dolphin wants to eat this man's worm!

N G
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol

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yudistira
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, hmmm

Kat Rogers
Community Member
2 years ago

😲😫🙈🤔🙄... 🐬PET ME... CAN I HAVE A BITE OF YOUR SUSHI 🍣?

Baka-Chan
Community Member
2 years ago

🤔

weatherwitch
Community Member
2 years ago

😂😂😂

Aleah Dowell
Community Member
2 years ago

looks like he's biting his balls off

Tracy Handy
Community Member
2 years ago

Hmmm indeedy!

Timothy Gasper
Community Member
2 years ago

Ooohhh. Now that ain't right

JJM
Community Member
2 years ago

My comment would be censored.

JJM
Community Member
2 years ago

No comment. It would be censored.

🐼NaeNae🐼
Community Member
2 years ago

Yikes. >_<

Maureen Peters
Community Member
2 years ago

What are they doing???

Sarah Ryan
Community Member
2 years ago

No show for wife (NSFW) ;-)

Amanda Javorsky
Community Member
2 years ago

Watch your manners, dolphin!

Bettye McKee
Community Member
2 years ago

Close encounters of the WHAT kind?

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay then..... Whatever floats your boat I guess

Emmalyn Watson
Community Member
2 years ago

Uh wh-okay...

Sandy Lokis
Community Member
2 years ago

Little pervert in the sea 😂

Dan Abramsky
Community Member
2 years ago

DJ

Khloe Ness
Community Member
2 years ago

uh wha- nevrmind..

Hannah Grimes
Community Member
2 years ago

:|

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
2 years ago

*dolphin sucking a mans balls full of pee*

Tori Duffek Flores
Community Member
2 years ago

not his ass!

Sean Kirkwood
Community Member
2 years ago

That is NOT what the blowhole is meant for...!

ANDREY KOZARETSKIY
Community Member
2 years ago

*The lion sleeps tonight intensifies*

Tori Duffek Flores
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG NO

Beep Bop
Community Member
2 years ago

And that's how the first dolphin person was created.

GAYGURL69PLEASE
Community Member
2 years ago

Malcolm Brenner?

GAYGURL69PLEASE
Community Member
2 years ago

is dat u?

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Col Robinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that a sperm whale

Jackson Bowen
Community Member
2 years ago

* visible concern *

Matthew Adamson
Community Member
2 years ago

suck it harder dolphin!!!

Anna Zuyev
Community Member
2 years ago

i hope the man is having a good time playing with the dolphins ;)

Duncan
Community Member
2 years ago

Only one thing could be happening here....

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd say this looks suspicious, who knows what hes feeding that dolphin, is that soon their diet

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
2 years ago

When a picture says a thousand words

Bacony
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and twenty dolphins, baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, the dolphins began to sing, wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king? The king was in the counting house, counting out his money, the queen was in the parlour, nicking all the honey. The squire was in the garden, leaning against the walls, then came a dolphin, who tore off his-

Pastelliox
Community Member
2 years ago

My only question is that is why is a ppl in is that tank?

Dawn K
Community Member
2 years ago

Just move along. Nothing going on here.

Ryleigh
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing strange at all going on

Madison Lam
Community Member
2 years ago

0_o

gpc1965
Community Member
2 years ago

Hello, Monica. Hello, Bill.

JLaw
Community Member
2 years ago

erm...okay!

Ben Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Bill Clinton swimming with the dolphins I guess

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

Still butthurt over that, but fail miserably to see the rapist IMPOTUS we have now. Fuck you, regurgitator.

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Donna Reynolds
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok, what’s going on here?

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#19

Not Amused

Not Amused

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

I'm out!

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#29

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

Duuuude....

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#34

:(

:(

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Chuckie
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years ago

Lorikeet?

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#36

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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Rowlie
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

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