Pterosaur Observed in Northern Georgia
It now seems plausible that a species of ropen lives in Georgia. David Schroder has allowed me to reveal his real name. He told me, in part:
The first time I didn’t see it. I was laying in bed around 11:30 at night when I heard a loud sound that was kind of like a scream that was so loud and close . . .
Since then I have never thought too much about it until 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. They had a tail of sorts . . .
[The tail] had something on the end that was a little bigger than the tail itself. The body of the birds looked to be a dark gray. They were close when they flew over . . .
Pterosaur Observed East of Atlanta
Sandra Paradise has allowed me to reveal her real name. We began email correspondance in 2008. In the mornings she drives east from her home in Winder to where she works in Athens, Georgia. She told me, in part:
. . . you don’t have to go to New Guinea. Far as I can tell, you can sit on a hill outside the town where I live in the mornings and see them. One sighting was at 7 in the morning, and one was at 9 am. Both days were overcast days, which I feel was very conducive to me seeing them . . . no sun in my eyes.
. . . I drive a commute that is roughly 25 miles long thru the woods . . . This 55 mph two-lane road is nothing but pasture, then woods, more pasture, then more woods . . .
On August 27  . . . I had driven less than ten miles from the house. I had come thru a section of pasture, entering into a section of thick woods, driving around a slight curve downhill . . .
. . . suddenly an animal flew out from my right. Alone in the car I shouted out loud “What the— what—-what IS THAT???” and it flew directly in front of my car, across the road. . . .
To break down the imagery: it was tan, a lighter brown, like the deer we have here, and as far as I could see was uniform in color. . . . 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 that was solid, not feathery at all . . .
Preliminary head-sketch by the eyewitness Sandra Paradise
The descriptions of a long tail on a featherless flying creature—that reminds me of the ropen of Papua New Guinea and of pterosaur-like animals observed in other parts of the United States of America.
Cooler weather does not mean pterosaur sightings come to a halt . . . for they continue.
How marvelous that a live pterosaur has been seen in the state of Georgia! But Sandra Paradise has seen a long-tailed flying creature at least three times during the past four years.
Third edition, the latest version of Live Pterosaurs in America
From Amazon book reviews of the second edition:
This book has been on my shelf for almost a year now. I pick it up every now and then and a part of me becomes more impressed by the book every time. Yes, the skeptics will laugh at it, but I am a skeptic too. . . .
Some people claim to have seen dinosaurs and pterodactyl like animals today and in the past?? I couldn’t get enough and their are so few books on the subject. I highly recommend this. You may find yourself almost believing in it, although that is not even the authors intent! Whitcomb painstakingly reviews every account for credibility and reason. . . .
Yes, it as a lot to take in. My first thought about these creatures was, “Well, I guess it could be possible because new guinea is very secluded and actually one of the few remaining lost worlds”. Whitcomb will have you suspending disbelief again as he shares his collection of personal accounts from Americans. . . .
. . . this is definitely the book to get . . . I like how the author is not out to prove every story in the book and takes great care to make sure he has the best ones. . . . the author tried hard to deliver these stories and was very good at it. This is well written and very hard to put down. [from stevie]
Another reader commented (for second edition):
I couldn’t put this book down. It is absolutely fascinating to read about eyewitness accounts of the people who have seen these creatures. To learn about these testimonies from such an open minded perspective is refreshing in the extreme! . . .
I highly recommend this book to anyone! People should know the truth about what is going on. No one ever hears anything about this unless they conduct extremely specific internet searches, even then, information is minimal. Jonathan Whitcomb needs to write more books! [from StrangeDream]