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Originally posted by ISHAMAGI
I can tell you what this was in three words...
Great blue heron
They are massive at least 4ft high with 10+ feet wing spans. I saw one of these Thunderbirds" later I found out it isn't quite so mythical
Originally posted by nine-eyed-eel
reply to post by djjohn
I would say 15 or 20 feet would be a common wingspan given in witness accounts (I myself haven't seen one, or I would tell you flatly how big mine was, hee-hee)...Wikipedia on Thunderbird does not really give many reports, or weigh in heavily on the wingspan question, though it does say:
Some skeptics have claimed such a large bird could never have flown, but several flying creatures with huge wingspans are indeed known. The prehistoric vulture-like Argentavis magnificens had a wingspan of around 7 m (23 ft) and was capable of flight. The massive Cretaceous-era pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus northropi (or perhaps Hatzegopteryx thambema) was the largest known flying creature in history, with a wingspan of around 12 m (40 ft). However, the Thunderbird's identity as a pterosaur is unlikely because the Thunderbird is invariably shown having feathers. A pterosaur's wings were made of a membrane of skin stretched over a bony finger, similar to a bat's wings.
[edit on 2-9-2010 by nine-eyed-eel]
On the afternoon of January 1, 2013, two women and a young boy decided to take a walk through a wooded area near South Greensburg to enjoy the beautiful scenery. It was about 32 degrees and clear visibility in the area. The area had a cover of snow from a previous storm. Around 3 PM the three people advanced into the woods and were looking at a tree that still had a lot of leaves on it.