Some research that I just did - Comparison of object in UFO photo to crows and seagulls.
When I first looked at this object in the UFO photo, my first impression was "It's a bird." I decided to do some research by actually looking at
photos of crows and seagulls, taking a close look at them to see whether they match the object in the photo. There is no match.
Some posters have mentioned that the object in the photo looks like a crow. Looking at the photo of the object, if it is a bird, it is more likely a
seagull, not a crow, because of the position of the beak pointing downward during flight. Seagulls tend to fly with their head pointed down, crows
Assumption: On the UFO photo, the bird's head is to the right with a fuzzy view of the beak pointing downward as a seagull in flight.
Basic fact: Both a crow and a seagull can retract their legs completely when in free flight.
The first thing I did was to search Flickr.com for "crow in flight" and "seagull in flight" (without using quotes). I looked at a lot of photos,
but I am giving links to the following four photos:
1 Two crows in flight (side view)
2 Two crows in flight (looking upward at the bottom of the birds)
3 Seagull in flight with wings above head (side view)
4 Seagull in flight (looking upward at the bottom of the bird)
I chose some photos and made three measurements. All three measurements are of a bird in flight. I viewed the bird from the side to make the
Distance "A" is from the tip of the bird's beak to the front of the wings.
Distance "B" is from the front of the bird's wing to the back of the bird's wing.
Distance "C" is from the back of the bird's wing to the tip of the tail.
I subjectively measured these distances for the UFO, a crow, and a seagull and then expressed it as a percentage. Below are the numbers that I came
UFO: A=38% B=30% C=32%
crow A=24% B=38% C=38% [or possibly more like 24/40/36]
seagull A=34% B=38% C=28%
I used the ruler here:
1. It's fairly easy to see that the numbers don't match. The most telling comparison is with the emasurements of B. "B" is just way too small on
2. Look at the photos of crows and seagulls and notice where the wings are with regard to "are they toward the front or toward the rear of the
body." Then look at the UFO. On the UFO, the wings are much to far toward the rear of the "body" for it to qualify for any kind of relevant
comparison to a crow or seagull.
3. Look at the photos of crows and seagulls. The wingspan for both is more than two times the total length of the body. These are huge wings! Now look
at the photo of the UFO. If that UFO is a crow or a seagull I don't know how such huge wings created such a tiny profile in the photo of the UFO. Not
only that, but the shape of the "wings" in the UFO doesn’t even match that of a bird. Particularly, there are sharp angles in the shape - you
won't see that in a bird.
4. This comment pertains to crows, not seagulls. When a crow flies, the feathers at the end of the wing separate into approximately five individual
feathers. I see no evidence of this in the object in the UFO photo.
5. Another problem with the photo of the UFO is the extremely narrow top-to-bottom profile of the very end of the tail. One occasionally sees this in
a photo of a bird, but it is rather rare. Another problem is that this part of the object in the photo has a strange top-to-bottom bend in it which I
have never seen in a bird's tail.
6. The object in the photo has several reflections on it. I have never seen a reflection coming off a bird! Objects like glass, shiny metal, and
crystals give off reflections. Birds don't! I challenge anyone on this message board to provide a link to a photo of a bird which has a reflection
coming off of it.
So does the object in the photo compare well to a bird? Absolutely not. I have no idea what the object in the photo is.