Shot taken by council worker with digital camera, shape not seen until downloaded onto computer. This photograph has been officially commented on by the shire of Whittlesea.
UFO Caught By Oz City Worker's Digital Camera:
Council Refers Photo To Government Agencies
City of Whittlesea, Australia
Jan 23, 2004
An employee of this major municipality during his routine work as a traffic engineer took a photograph of a level railway crossing at Beveridge north of Melbourne using a digital camera.
When it was downloaded from the camera on to a computer an object appeared in the sky on photograph.
This Council has no opinion about the object.
We just do not know what the object could be and would welcome any explanation.
This Council believes it has an obligation to pass the image on to the relevant authorities for their consideration and investigation.
The image has been referred by Council to the Chief Defence Scientist, Defence Science & Technology Organisation, and the Civil Aviation Authority.
Council is considering referring it to NASA and other authorities.
UFO picture a saucer wonder
By Kate Uebergang
January 24, 2004
A mysterious photograph has sparked a UFO frenzy in the city's north.
Both believers and sceptics are scratching their heads over a picture, snapped in Beveridge by a council officer last week.
Whittlesea Council is considering informing NASA and has already sent the image to Australian authorities.
The photographer, Whittlesea Council traffic engineer, Roland Rozario said he could not explain the digital photo, which shows a small round object zooming through the top right side of the frame.
Mr Rozario said he and a colleague were doing a routine audit of a railway level crossing about 2pm on Thursday, January 15.
"We didn't see or hear anything when we were there," he said. "I took about 10 or 12 photos, facing east and west.
"Then I came back to the office, downloaded the images and noticed an object in one photo.
"I still don't know what it is. I passed it around the office and people didn't know what it was. A few said it didn't look like a bird, an aircraft or even a bug in front of the camera."
Mr Rozario said a train passed through the crossing just seconds after the photograph was taken and believes a passenger may have spotted something in the sky.
Whittlesea Council's communications officer, Jim Linton, said the image to the Chief Defence Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the Civil Aviation Authority.
He said the council was considering referring it to NASA and other authorities.
"As a municipal council we have this image and we believe it is responsible to pass it on to the Government authorities who have the expertise and let them work it out," he said.
Mr Linton said staff assured the council the photograph was not altered or tampered with.
"We're not making any claim on it. We're looking for some expert who can look at it and tell us. Maybe there will never be an answer."
Weather bureau senior forecaster Peter Blake said the photograph did not look like anything meteorological.
"It almost looks like a plane from the rear. It is certainly not a weather balloon," Mr Blake said. Local flying saucer experts also struggled to explain the photograph.
Victorian UFO Research Society scientific adviser Bernard Wilson said the group needed more information in order to make a full assessment.
"There are some interesting aspects to this photo. The sun reflections from the object and the rails appear to be fairly consistent," he said. "There appears to be some motion blur to the left of the image which might indicate a fast-moving object."