Close Encounter of the Bird Kind.


I came across this and another image on my BT news page. It professes to show a disc-12743806_947925221927486_8139408597276047331_nshaped UFO over the Severn Beach in the UK. The image was taken during a family walk along the beach by Bristol mum Fiona Powell.

It was only when she looked at the image later that she noticed what appears to be an indistinct black disc-shaped object in the upper right-hand corner.

Fiona, who took the photo on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 said: that she was undecided whether she believes in Aliens or not, and went on to add that ‘the photo certainly meets the criteria of a UFO’.  “I have shown the photo to a few sensible friends and they all think it is incredible,” she added.

At first glance, it is easy to see how one might reach such a conclusion. However, there are certain factors at play regarding the following image which need to be addressed, not least of which is pixilation.


  • In computer graphics, pixellation is caused by displaying a bitmap or a section of a bitmap at such a large size that individual pixels, small single-colored square display elements that comprise the bitmap, are visible. Such an image is said to be pixellated.
  • When subjecting a photo to higher magnification the target object is compromised due to pixellation which causes the object to appear more angular than it really is.

Below is the original  image, containing my annotations and observations. It brings into sharp focus what the object actually is.Untitled

Conclusion: Misidentification of a common crow.

© David Calvert 2016

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The Marquand UFO, 1951.

Riverside Resident.

David Calvert.


marquand ufo 2This grainy photograph was taken only 2-3 months after the now famous ‘Lubbock Lights’ incident in Texas had occurred . Within the space of a year the UFO phenomenon, in all its manifestations, had become a global phenomenon. People from just about every walk of life were seeing strange lights and unusual craft in their skies.

The picture was taken by Guy B. Marquand Jr. on November 23 1951 on a mountain road near Riverside, California. He claimed the object near the skyline was a “flying saucer.” However, a closer inspection of this image has shown certain features which suggest an entirely different explanation.



Facts gleaned from visual analysis of above image:

Large head.

large beak.

Large crop.

large wings.

Trailing legs

By now it will have become clear to the reader that this object is actually a bird of some description. But what bird could possibly fit the observations above?  Well, there are one or two other clues that may give you some idea, and they come from the place names of the area as well as business addresses. They are:

  • Pelican Woodworks.
  • Pelican Hill Court.
  • Pelican Hill Wedding Photographs Studios.
  • Pelican Point.
  • etc., etc, etc..

CONCLUSION: Misidentified sighting of indigenous bird. 

© David Calvert 2011

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