See update below. Our commenters had a handle on this early, now it is confirmed by the game camera maker. Nice work everyone. High fives.
This is a very even-handed piece from some down-to-earth witnesses who caught something strange on their game camera. As well as deer, the photos reveal a strange pair of lights. The deer notice it too. Can we help them figure out this mystery?
Edith and Rainer Shattles set up infrared cameras in their fields hoping to spot some deer, but when they checked on the footage the next morning they got quite a fright.
Still images from that February night appear to show two beams of light – mysteriously spaced, as if the headlights of a truck or car – before the unidentified object appears to fly off into the night sky.
Here is the news report. Take a look.
The photos are stills, not a video, so we have no details on the object(s) approach or retreat which is unfortunate. We also don’t have info about how far the lights may be off the ground or the distances involved. But there is one clue in the story. The Shattles are interested in the deer around the area, others may also be intersted, presumably to hunt them. Could this be people scoping for deer. Is it a remote control flying device? There are plenty of them out there, even flying at night. Was it a drone? Mr. Shattles also considers this but I’m not sure why the government would be all that interested in flying about looking for deer at night. However, the idea of a remote scouting device is out there. Could this be such a device fitted with lights and a camera? [New role for drones: wildlife, ecological conservation- The Boston Globe]
Anyway, it’s a great story and there is clearly something there that appeared in the pictures. It deserves an investigation. I hope they are able to narrow down what it can be. I say, keep an eye out for RC flying devices. Meanwhile, they are not freaking out about aliens but having some fun trying to solve this mystery. That is what it’s all about.
Tip: Kevin O’Malley
[T]he folks who manufacture the camera that took the picture say they know the true answer to the mystery.
“It helps when you look at thousands of these things,” said Boyd Barnett, who handles marketing and advertising at Alabama-based Moultrie Products.
He and others at Moultrie say the lights seen in the picture are actually the reflections of the deer’s eyes, bouncing around inside the infrared camera.
The deer is illuminated by the infrared beam. It is looking directly into the camera. I, for one, learned a lot from this example on how cameras can be deceptive. Do they lie? No, but they can be a little freaky on occasion. Don’t assume the paranormal when the normal is much more elegant and interesting.
UPDATE (11-Apr-2014) Received this picture from @UFOChronicles who adjusted the photo showing the back of the deer head, not looking at the camera.