Texas Sighting, 1986

From the non-fiction book (published in 2009) Live Pterosaurs in America, an eyewitness reports a sighting near San Antonio, Texas (about 1986):

“One evening, I was outside my apartment building . . . talking to my brother. . . . We knew what the local birds and bats looked like . . . My dad and I had, on several occasions, noticed bats flying right near our heads . . . Neither my brother or I was prone to being scared by anything outside at night. This night was different.

“We noticed something flying around across the road from where we were. . . . the creature was flying just above the phone lines. It would go one direction, turn, and swoop back. The shape was wrong for any large bird of the area, and the size was much too large to be any bat I have ever seen . . . The wingspan was huge, anywhere from 6-10 feet across.

“. . . I could easily accept an out-of-place bird if that was the case, and that was something we thought about at the time, but we watched it long enough to know that it didn’t fit . . .

” . . . this was no water fowl. I have spent many years in Florida, where there are large numbers of those, and this was different. The behavior was all wrong as well. Whatever it was, it was no bird. No crane, stork, pelican, heron, owl, buzzard, eagle, hawk, or any other that I have seen, looked like this. A bat is possible, except that even the flying fox (have seen these) isn’t anywhere near the size of this thing.”

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