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Woman takes photo of majestic bird and accidentally captures a ‘ghost’

Dawn Lausier was walking around a cove in Portland, Maine, looking for a rare bird that had been spotted the day before. She was hoping to capture the rare bird, but unfortunately, she couldn’t find it. However, she came across a snowy egret and decided to take a picture of him.

“This snowy egret was near the trail, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to take a few pictures of it,” Lausier said. “I took two pictures with my mobile phone and one or two pictures with my DSLR camera.”

Lausier didn’t really see the photos she had taken until she got home. She scrolled through her cell phone and looked at the first picture she took, which was beautiful. Then she scrolled through the second – and couldn’t believe her eyes.

In the second photo, above the snowy egret is a reflection of the bird that almost resembled a ghost. It completely freaked her out. Lausier had absolutely no idea what had happened and quickly began looking for answers.

She asked everyone she knew, researched her own knowledge and, of course, searched the internet for the answer, but so far, no one has been able to give a specific answer to the question. What the ghost actually is.

“Most people said it’s a great picture,” says Lausier. “Some people think it’s a messy setup on my camera or a damaged memory card. The thing is, it’s a cell phone photo, automatic installation and no memory card. I take many pictures with my cell phone [and] never has this happened before or since then. ”

Everyone who saw the photo was as bewildered as she was when she first saw it. She herself has a theory but is still not completely convinced.

“Not sure exactly what happened, but think [it] could be due to the contrast between the white of the bird and the dark colour of the water,” Lausier said. “Sometimes you see something similar when you try to photograph the sun or moon and see another bright spot in the photo; however, that usually happens with mirrored cameras”.

There could be a very plausible explanation for the strange photo – or it could be a ghost. It’s impossible to know for sure.

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