In my last post, I alluded to an incident that occurred here of a mysterious bird sighting. The boys were yelling, “Mom, we saw a Rhamphorhynchoid Pterodactyl flying over our house!!” They went on to describe the huge bird as having a long tail with a ball at the end of it. I had never heard the word, “Rhamporhynchoid”. I had no idea what they were talking about. However, the boys knew exactly what a “Ramph -or- rink – coid” was and were able to give me specifics about the unheard of bird. In their minds, this was the bird they saw flying over our house.
HMMM…. I could tell that they had obviously seen something by the emotion in their voices and look on their faces. Of course, I didn’t think it was a pterosaur.
My boys enjoy anything having to do with paleontology, creation, dinosaurs and the like. One of their favorite videos is called, Creation in Symphony by Dr. Carl Baugh. They are familiar with Dr. Baugh and a team of paleontologist who have actually traveled across the world in search of pterosaurs, as they believe that it is still possible that certain flying lizards may still be alive in unexplored, remote areas of the earth. A favorite book, The Great Dinosaur Mystery and The Bible is also another good children’s resource for learning about creation and dinosaurs from a Biblical perspective. It is an interesting subject to ponder.
So, what was this mysterious sighting? We believe the mysterious bird was a very large eagle carrying a snake that he had caught. Earlier that morning, I had seen large eagle like birds (unlike the regular vulture) flying over our area and took notice of how beautiful they were soaring high above. Upon further research we found out that it was not uncommon for large birds to pick up things such as rats, snakes, small rabbits and fly off with them.
However, the boys are convinced of their pterosaur sighting. I, on the other hand, was, for the first time, pondering the thought of the possibility of snakes falling from the sky.