Loggerhead Shrike photobombed by a Barn SwallowLoggerhead Shrike photobombed by a Barn Swallow

When taking any photograph it is possible to be photobombed and I have had my share of those including these two bird images. What is a photobomb?

1. to ruin (a photograph) by appearing in the image without the photographer’s knowledge, often in some dramatic or comical way

2. to do this to (the subject of a photograph or the photographer)


In the case of my Loggerhead Shrike image a Barn Swallow was being aggressive towards the shrike and appeared in the frame as I clicked the shutter. Unfortunately the shrike turned towards the swallow and I only have minimal eye contact. My camera maintained focus on the shrike so it is sharp while the swallow was out of the range of my depth of field and was out of focus.

Northern Harrier photobombed by a DragonflyNorthern Harrier photobombed by a Dragonfly

I was photographing a Northern Harrier in flight when I lost my focus and knew the image was going to be a blur but when I viewed the image on my computer monitor I was surprised to see that when I lost focus on the harrier my camera had actually locked onto a photobombing dragonfly. At least the dragonfly was sharply in focus.



  1. Jolanta August 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Great pictures! Thank you 🙂

  2. Elephant's Child August 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    What fun. And I agree with Patty – I love both of these shots and INFINITELY prefer them to photobombing of or by ‘celebrities’.
    Your photos capture interesting behaviour and are not a testament to vanity.

  3. Humming Bird Lover August 21, 2014 at 11:03 am


    Great photo’s with surprises! Have a great day!

  4. Sarah Mayhew August 21, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Wow, I’m surprised the Dragonfly won out over the Harrier in the focus department! Never would have guessed that!

  5. Patty Chadwick August 21, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Sorry, Mia, but I think these are very funny! I’ve always loved dragonfliess (in spite of the apparent fact they have become overly popular recently) so to heck with the bluury bird, the dragonfly is great! The aggressive behavior of the swallow toward the shrike and the shrike’s reaction is very interesting…the blur os the swallow adds to the sense of action and implied threat. I like these images, in spite of your frustrations. The size difference of the two winged, flying creatures in the second shot is also interesting.

  6. Montanagirl August 21, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Nice shots, Mia. I have taken a few “Photo-bombed” photos in my day as well! Sometimes some pretty interesting results are produced!

  7. Lois Bryan August 21, 2014 at 6:22 am

    great, fun examples!!!!

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