What's the worst pic you uploaded to iNat?

Today I would like to know what was the worst photo you took (either because it’s blurry, you weren’t in a good position, etc.) and that you uploaded to iNat.

I’ll go first: I don’t have a camera, I only take photos with my smartphone (which is not very new) and binoculars (I’m thinking about buying some additional lenses, so if know about this, you can give me some recommendations.). But that day I forgot them and I saw this, which is a chalk-browed mockingbird (Mimus saturninus), a bird found in most of Brazil, and parts of Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, and Suriname. It’s a bird of open wooded areas, including urban and suburban gardens. It feeds on fruits, insects and small vertebrates.

And i think that’s the worst pic i uploaded to iNat…

Now it’s your turn!


I also take photos with my smartphone, and boy is it a struggle. Much suffering when it just… refuses to cooperate and focus, no matter what tricks I employ. Still, by far the absolute worst observation I’ve uploaded is this. Plenty to ID by, but I was unable to get closer without risking spooking the sparrow, and the door window was smeared with my dog’s nose art. Horrible to look at


Check this giant frog.


It doesn’t get much worse than https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/93528106


I don’t know how many photos of ants and birds I’ve deleted once I realized they were so bad I couldn’t upload them. I think this Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) is definitely up there for my worst. Definitely need to get some decent binoculars to complement my smartphone.


I am always grateful that:

  1. iNat doesn’t have minimun quality pic standards (no “frass” categories here!), and
  2. Identifiers are so talented,
    because I have a LOT of bad pics.
    This is probably my worst, though: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/87285742
    With this a close 2nd: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13639796

Behold, the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle!


I think you’d be surprised (and impressed) by how many terrible photos can still be useful for iNat.
That being said, there are things that I won’t upload because there’s bad…and there’s BAD.


Oh, too many to count. And I’m sure many people know that…

My son has autism and compulsively documents things, and was very comfortable with the system he had made for himself initially. Meaning, he was not willing to use any type of lens or tools to enhance image quality for about a year and a half because it wasn’t what he had became accustomed to. So, he would take pictures constantly and try to use whatever he possibly could, even if the quality was really awful. It was upsetting actually, because he would really wind himself up about it and he would be really stressed about what was usable and what wasn’t. It took a while but he uses binoculars and different lenses now. He’s even learning to use different cameras. And he is not as frantic or stressed, because he knows he will have other opportunities. We delete a lot of those old ones, too, because he is a lot more interested in maintaining a good quality of what he uploads. I call it “cleaning up”.


If something’s unrecognisably bad I don’t upload it but taking pictures of water reflecting is always tricky, taking pictures of something fast-moving is tricky, taking pictures of something small is always tricky – and if you put those all together you get this black oval that somehow reached genus-consensus as a whirligig beetle:

Alternatively, this photo has at least 4 parakeets in it. Against a green background, from very far away, with a camera that doesn’t have the best zoom…!


Behold…a bald eagle.

I had my camera with me that day, but I forgot the battery…so I had to take a picture with my phone.


Oh, definietly roadkill. Those observations can be of the utmost importantce for wildlife conservation efforts, but they also tend to be rather gory and unsightly. iNat really should have a graphic content warning option for such uploads.


Don’t forget lighting (too dark or too bright) and low contrast (I have so many bad pics of gray animals on gray asphalt).

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You can filter out “dead” in the annotations. :slightly_smiling_face:

Of course, that only works when the roadkill has been annotated as dead.
Also doesn’t work if the roadkill isn’t the focus of the observation.
eg. I have an observation of vultures eating…something?..in the road. the observation is annotated alive, because it is for the vultures, not the carrion.

But still, for those who don’t want to see it, annotations are at least a little helpful for filtering.


Porcupine!. Always forget to switch ISO for early morning drives :(. Had such a good look too!


How about my Winter Wren shots? Just barely identifiable. https://inaturalist.ca/observations/143092905 I may have worse ones than that but not much worse.


Lifer skunk we saw while on a road trip a few hours after getting the call that mom had died. Black clothes and white hair were her colors







https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/15147022 :stuck_out_tongue: RG


Certainly not the absolute worst thing I’ve uploaded, but nonetheless pretty bad:

blorb crossing the road

something about it is very comical to me, but I can’t put my finger on exactly what. Perhaps it is the likeness to a tiny chicken crossing the road.

ETA a few other entries:
This one didn’t get to RG (tragically), but this is Botany at 50 MPH

followed by the world’s worst fish photo that at least got identified down to ‘probably a green darter