In the late summer of 2008, I received an email from an eyewitness in Georgia, a lady who at first was anonymous in my publications (in 2012, she allowed her name to be revealed). I here include a small part of her sighting report, in her own words.
First Sighting by Sandra Paradise
In my searches I have been trying to find someone who might be interested in helping me to verify the existence of an animal I have seen twice in the last few weeks, on my way to work…besides researching the anatomy of what I think it is, and whether anybody else looks up often enough to see one. . . .
I live in a small town in northeast Georgia, called Winder . . . I was born and raised in Atlanta and moved here 9 years ago. . . . I work in Athens . . . a commute that is roughly 25 miles long thru the woods . . .
On August 27, I woke up very early in the morning and could not go back to sleep, so I decided to go ahead, get up, and get to work early and maybe be able to take off early. This put me in the road at about 6:45 am. The day was overcast . . .
. . . entering into a section of thick woods, driving around a slight curve downhill–there are high wooded banks on each side of the road there–and suddenly an animal flew out from my right. . . . and it flew directly in front of my car, across the road. I did not see where it went. . . .
As it leapt out from the woods, I saw it from below, and the tail was very long with a shape on the end. Its wings were probably half-spread and I saw several dark thin horizontal bands across the belly. . . . As it crossed my path, in front and slightly above me, I saw it had a head that was curved, like a hammer; the head had a crest on the top . . . the mouth was closed so I could not make out a jaw structure . . .
Second Sighting by Sandra Paradise
On September 10, I overslept dreadfully. I did not get out of my house til 8:50 am. . . . The day was overcast again . . . I’d gone two miles outside the city limits of Winder, was coming around a curve at the top of a hill . . . and there he was. . . . at the very top of the trees, just flapping along. This time he was further away . . .
But because I was at the top of a hill, the trees he flew above weren’t so high to me . . . They were at the bottom of the slope, so it was almost as if I were dead even with him. Again, he was almost in profile, he looked dark . . .
I could see the crest of the head, and the long tail that I could clearly see had a thickening at the very end. It did not hang down limp . . . it streamed out behind the body . . .
This one looked bigger than the first one, the first one looked to be as long as my Camry is wide. This second one . . . as big as my car is long. Holee cow.
She gave me permission, with reasonable limitations, to publish her sketches. The following needs to be taken in context, however: She did not indicate in her verbal descriptions any extreme tail bending. The following sketch should not be taken as a precise view of tail bending in her actual sightings.
One of the sketches drawn by the eyewitness (Copyright 2008 Sandra Paradise)
July of 2010. My wife and I were sitting outside when motion from above the tree tops to our left caught my attention . . . We were looking at two extremely large birds flying together . . . 15-20′ wingspans . . . appeared to be featherless.
Last week, my 16 year old son and I both saw a large um, thing, not a bird. It resembled a small pterodactyl. Very large wingspan, but the odd thing was it had no discernible feathers.