|photo credit American Monsters|
Many of Texas' accounts began in the 1970's in the Rio Grande Valley area. American Monsters website wrote a detailed post you can read here. It features several eyewitness accounts. One man's story claims the creature mutilated some of his cattle.
Some believe the beast to be the Native American legend of the Thunderbird. Here are a few stories of the strange creature.
Many creature-seekers dedicate their lives to proving the existence of creatures like Big Bird. I owe heaps of gratitude to some of these folk. They've provided me with information, sparking my inspiration for many of my stories. One of my favorite crypto-hunters is a Texas Cryptozoologist, Ken Gerhard. He has written a book about the giant winged beasts, BIG BIRD! MODERN SIGHTINGS OF FLYING MONSTERS.
Of course, Texas also has a few species of birds, some endangered, which have large wingspans. Is it possible that the sightings were merely mistaken identities of a Bald Eagle, vulture, crane, or the Great Blue Heron?
Most recently (2008), there have been a few eyewitness accounts of the Texas Big Bird in the San Antonio area. This man's account refers to a large flying creature with a 10-12 foot wingspan and bat-like or pterodactyl features.
Do you think it's possible a prehistoric bird-like creature still exists? Logic tells us no, but sometimes, I wonder.
I've visited the vast, west Texas deserts several times. I'll tell you this, out there, the barren and harsh landscape whiplashes the imagination into high gear. And then anything is possible.