The following exert is an eye witness statement. Please read into it what you will. This has been reported to mufon who I am sure are investigating:
Was visiting gooseberry point beach in westport, ma with sister, daughter, and nephews. in a series of 4 pictures spanning likely only seconds apart but timestamped within the same minute 3:11pm est, i captured what appears to be a solid, gold colored object in one frame with an iphone 4.
it was a cool breezy day in april as one would expect at a beach pn the south coast of mass. i didnâ€™t notice the object until later that evening after reviewing the picturesâ€”i never made visual contact with the object nor did anyone in my party.
i initially presumed it to be a fault in the image or in the camera lense but as you can see in the series of pictures which are of reasonably good digital quality (stock iphone 4), there are no additional flaws noted in remaining photos all taken within seconds of eachother, start to finish.
i still wonder if i simply captured a seagull or other seabird at just the correct moment however i would expect the camera to be fast and precise enough to capture some evidence of a flapping/moving wing and otherwise better defined body. the background image/water movement is quite crisp and clear, however camera is focused on foreground of my daughter and sister.
object appears to reflect sunlight which would have been hight to behind me to the right, where the underside of object appears shadowed as one might expect. i am unable to identify any relative shadow beyond the image, on the water.
i had largely forgotten the image until i read the accounts of the navy pilots out of nas oceana which coincidentally occurred during the same year. in particular it was the description of the object from the near collision that prompted my memory of the image.
it is likely a bird however i note capturing none in the rest of the series from the day at the beach, oddly enough as seabirds are ubiquitous there.
of the 5 pictures loaded the object is displayed in #3 and #5. the 3rd is as it was taken. the fifth is a magnified view.