I have never experienced it super close hand. But I’m the nerd of the family who likes /x/ so I’m the one who tried to capture evidence of it. For what it’s worth when I did post the swoops, /x/ told me to go fuck myself and get better equipment so I kinda gave up on talking about it but it has continued to be a part of our year, most especially in the winter when the cows are in heat and wild forage is sparse. You find smashed and gutted coyotes and medium creatures which does include chickens I may have.
The only member of my family to have a close encounter with it is my great uncle. 2 years ago in the middle of winter he was pushing out a large round bale for some of the cows. In their rush, the cows pushed him to the ground which broke his hip. He was completely stuck on the ground and miles out and too old to fuck with cellphones so he wasn’t discovered until late that night when I heard his calls off the back porch.
He says that The Stiltwalker arrived about an hour after his fall when he was growing too weak to push the cattle away from his side of the bale. He said that it approached the bale and stood directly over him taking huge chomps from the bale but preventing the livestock from crushing him.
So whatever it is is omnivorous and seems to recognize and even act benevolently in the event that something on the farm is endangered (aside from chickens). Part of the reason I’ve grown to respect it and stopped trying to prove we have a Cryptid the government needs to sample or anything.
He said it smelled very yeasty like it was fermenting sourdough in its long coarse hair.
He’s literally 98 though so who knows.