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    SirKristoff is a poopiehead Ozzy's Avatar
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    Today I took a canoe trip on the Lockwood Folly river. I have a lot of pics, but I have one pic that is unbelievable.
    As we turned a corner of the river a huge bird that was sitting on a limb took off and flew away. We were about 1000 ft from it and got a great look at it. My camera was in my backpack and it flew away as I took a pic of it.

    I am almost certain that it's the legendary Thunderbird. In case you don't know what that is, here's an article on it.

    Thunderbird


    The bird was black, and roughly ostrich sized. Yes that's right, ostrich sized. It's wingspan was over 15 ft.

    The proof is in this pic.




    The full sized pic can be found here if you want to open a large pic.


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    Tell me what you guys think.




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    I think it's a heron or stork or one of those other giant water fowl.

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    I can't tell, it's KINDA FAR away!
    Great Googly Moogly!

    Beware of the yellow snow!

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    The fact that its that far away kind of shows how big of a wing span it has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (0zzy @ Oct. 21 2006,9:43)]The fact that its that far away kind of shows how big of a wing span it has.
    This is true...it is a big bird. I think it's a pteradactyll (sp?)
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    i think you forgot youre meds again ozzy!

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    The entire "thunderbird" thing is ludicrous (along with just about any other large, non-marine "cryptid" in the US). A bird of that size, especially a predatory one, would have to cover a *huge* area to feed itself, making it very easy to spot. Not to mention what it would eat; a bird that size would either be taking down some sizable prey (and getting noticed by ranchers who've lost sheep) or scavenging (and getting notices at carrion gatherings). And it would be doing those *regularly*, coupled with the fact that unless there's a population of at least a good thousand (any less and they'd died off from inbreeding depression and associated problems). Add to this that they're in the US, a highly civilized country with lots of air traffic (and yes, birds *do* show up on radar, especially 20-foot ones the size of a Cesna).

    So unless it's a magic bird that lives in another dimension, the case for the thunderbird means a case for over a thousand giant, high-metabolism, very noticable soaring birds somehow going completely undetected as they cruise through highly trafficed airspace. Riiiiight.

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    What month is it? Alright, so what if it isn't April yet...

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