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

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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!

Kanga9ine
Community Member
2 years ago

Sure it is. You just keep trying to convince yourself by thinking anyone will believe you.

Mary Ciulla
Community Member
2 years ago

Send the photo to "Slapped Ham" as a paranormal video.

Ed Kaitz
Community Member
2 years ago

Incredible!

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
2 years ago

This is awesome.

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
2 years ago

VERRRRY creepy

Ana M
Community Member
2 years ago

Oooooooohhhhhhhh!!!!

Wanda Hobbs
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely creepy!

KT Trondsen
Community Member
2 years ago

omg at first it looked like a flying skeleton

Kat Rogers
Community Member
2 years ago

No, Not A Herron. It IS A FREAKY, FLYING, GHOST CHILD!

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

looks like a blue alien going for a dip to me

Tracy Handy
Community Member
2 years ago

Sure it is..

Timothy Gasper
Community Member
2 years ago

Damn it Harold. You missed the runway...again.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 years ago

Freaky.

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
2 years ago

Loch Ness, maybe?

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
2 years ago

Aren't they magnificent? I can only see the feathered miracle above the water.

temmie
Community Member
2 years ago

when i first saw it i thought it was a body in the lake

AJu
Community Member
2 years ago

Creepy Flying Ghost Child :D LMFAO

Molly Block
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like a body face down floating in the water, arms outstretched. With a pointy cap on its head. Creepy.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 years ago

Sure buddy....

Khloe Ness
Community Member
2 years ago

yeah it does look like a kid..

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
2 years ago

it is a poshest child

Beep Bop
Community Member
2 years ago

All the more reason to raid area 51

jevais
Community Member
2 years ago

Spooky!

ShayLynne Bronson
Community Member
2 years ago

Nightmares for life

Felicia Dale
Community Member
2 years ago

You know this is going to show up on multiple websites devoted to ghosts and other supernatural stuff, end up in conspiracy theories and out live most anything else you post, right? So cool!

Bellamy John
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I submitted this photo into a ghost spotter website and they sti don't know that's its a bird!

Holidays in Alghero
Community Member
2 years ago

You should have sold the photo to one of those tabloids

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like an alien doing a belly flop

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

Happy that you explained it.

Kathy Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't like horror movies. This is scary. hehe

Sarah Broom
Community Member
2 years ago

It’s a Dementor…… a very small one.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

LMAO!!!

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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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