Mystery Spot

While going through the photos of a Red Phalarope from a few days ago, I notice an odd spot in one of the photos. I was curious about it, as it almost appears to be something in or on the water. I think it’s more likely to be some sort of lens flare artifact, although it doesn’t really look like ones I’m used to seeing. (In this case the sun was behind me and I was in shade, but there were buildings and/or perhaps waves on the water that could have reflected bright light back towards me.) It only showed up in this one photo. If you have a good explanation for it, I would be happy to hear about it in the comements!

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