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Author Jonathan Whitcomb Interviews Australians Who Have Seen Strange Flying Creatures

What large creature flies through the skies of Australia and is neither bird nor bat? According to the American nonfiction author Jonathan Whitcomb, it is a pterosau.

LONG BEACH, CA / PR FREE / Sep 20 2012 --
Author Jonathan Whitcomb has been receiving emails since 2004, from around the world, from eyewitnesses of long-tailed featherless flying creatures. Some reports are from Australians.

In September of 2012, he published an e-book, "Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea." In it, Whitcomb included an email from Michael Hayward, who lives east of Melbourne:

"After many misgivings about going 'public' as it were, I have decided to contact you with my experience of sighting what I believe to have been a Pterodactyl."

Hayward had been a real estate agent for 15 years, before working in the Commonwealth Public Service for 18 years prior to his retirement. He told the American author about what he had seen while working in government service:

"What I saw was what I first thought was a pelican flying about 3000 feet high but realised pelicans at that height did not look as large as this. . . . It was something flying that appeared to be at the height of light planes that fly around here, as Moorabbin Airport is not far away. This thing was at least as large as a light plane, say a Cesna."

Whitcomb concluded that it was no plane, for Hayward said it was "lazily flapping it's wings." That report reminded the American of another sighting by an Australian, but to the north, in Papua, New Guinea. Brian Hennessy, a psychologist, was also interviewed by email, for he also encountered a strange flying creature:

"I actually heard it before I saw it. A slow flap...flap...flapping sound. The air was still, and our truck had stopped on our downward journey from the top of the range to the coast way below. . . . in the stillness of an early tropical morn, on the road from Panguna down to Loloho on Bougainville Island in 1971.

"I saw a very unusual creature. Firstly, it was very big . . . It certainly looked prehistoric, in that it did not look like any other bird that I have seen before or since. . . . this creature with a longish narrow tail . . . the head was disproportionately large compared to the body (no feathers in sight)."

Whitcomb promotes the idea that the some of the featherless flying creatures reported in Australia are related to the ropen of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea: a long-tailed featherless flying creature that he believes is a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.

He had explored that island in 2004, interviewing many native eyewitnesses in person.

"Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea" is available on, for $3.99 (U.S. dollars) as a Kindle digital book: ASIN: B0098QFMDM

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