After I read your last message I did some more research into a couple things.
One thing I thought was interesting is the picture you made of a Thunderbird looks somewhat similar to the Wanderlings (which are also depicted as thunderbirds). Now I am starting to see much more of a physical relation to that of a Turkey Vulture. Although how do we not know there were not other species of Thunderbirds, differentiating in some physical characteristics.
I think of the legends of Thunderbirds being able to create lightening out of their eyes and traveling with the clouds as Giant Greyish Blue birds, and quite larger than what I am seeing references for. My perception might be distorted by the visions I have had of them in my dreams, I have had many Visions of them. Actually now that I think about it I have also had visions of them being black and white. I'm seriously starting to wonder if they can have a chameleon effect, under weather conditions for flight. If they were not needed to create rain, they blended in with clouds and lighter skies. If they are creating and traveling through storms, they appear darker. Well its something I had not thought about before.
A chameleon bird species. Well you never know, its interesting that they are also clearly associated with shapeshifters in lore and legends.
Thanks for providing the links as well for the serrations. I'm guessing they definitely have to have good serration for their eating habits.
Aquatank wrote:The problem after a quick look for this is large flying birds don't grow feathers fast enough so they have built in biological strategies to keep what they have.
Never even thought of this. That link you put along with this, was absolutely fascinating to me. And I think you are spot on with this. What could be the possibilities of finding a Thuderbird feather, pretty slim considering the information you presented, and it now makes alot more sense to me why there have not been reports to this, however, I did find one story so far. Called the Boy and the Giant feather. They also refer to the wanderling as Thunderbirds in this article.
Here is a quote from the story I want to throw out there:
The loss of the Buffalo would have a devastating effect on the migratory habits of birds of such size. Not everybody makes the connection, but it is pretty simple stuff, without the herds, migration became very difficult and many of the young birds as well as some of the adults died on their way south. We are talking twenty-five foot wingspan Teratorn type birds, animals so huge they couldn't hunt in woodlands or heavy foilage. They needed large open area suchs as the Great Plains or the Argentine Pampas to navigate and hunt.
Never would have made a connection of the loss of buffalo having an effect on their success for survival. I'm curious to see if there are more conenctions and information relating to this, and will have to do some research into that as well.
Here is some more interesting information concerning ThunderBirds in the Northern areas.
Aquatank, you added some great points in how difficult it could be trying to get any type of surveillance. There is hardly any possible way to know their exact strength in senses.
Even a rotting piece of opossum might not do the trick to delude their senses of something foreign in their presence. Might be taking extreme stealth to a much higher level.
But it still doesn't keep me from wanting to take a long arse hike. lol