in the old forum i started a thread about wild animals encountered and hawks were mentioned with a post i made about working one day and had went out to my van to get a tool or part and i heard the wild flapping of wings and felt and heard a swoosh of air narrowly missing my head it seemed as i ducked and looked back i seen the neatest sight i think ive ever seen with wildlife as a pigeon was fleeing for its life with a hawk on its tail(following close) across the street in an empty lot the chase ended in a poof of pigeon feathers as the hawk nailed it and commensed to standing on the pigeon and like stepping on it for a while then carrying it off in its talons off in the sky . later i read that they kill their prey with their talons by waht it was doing steping or sinking its sharp pointed talons into the pigeon. that was a spectacular sight for me and i have been in awe over them since. now today i went to the store i always go to for parts and low and behold the cashier was outside and as i got out of my truck she asked me if i had a fishing net with me? she tols me there was a great big bird in there and she wasn't going back in LOL. well sure enough i go in and there were a couple guys i know trying to get a towel over it to capture and remove it . i helped and as we got it tired down enough i raised a leaf rake up to divert his flight as he was going from one side to the other and perching up on the top shelfs near the ceiling . to everyones surprise it landed on a key rack that holds key blanks that was right above my head and i got to grab its legs and it was surpriseingly cooperative LOL you can see the look of uncertainty on my face as i held it up its beak looked pretty sharp and i had the uneasy feeling it might like to take a plug out of me LOL. isnt this a beutiful creature? i wish i could have gotten a better side veiw of it as its pattern was neat looking. a fella in the store that was there getting parts too ran out and grabbed his camera also and took another picture (standard film type) he will bring a copy in when he gets them developed. he said my luck will change now gee i only hope so. hahaha cant say i ever thought id catch a hawk before even a tired one. its something i wont forget for a while. it was released unharmed and the poor little pigeon was caught later hideing in the store and was set free too lol i bet he wasnt as happy to be released with the hawk still at large !!!!!!!!!!! my buddy bob is with me in the last pic he said hey i helped tooooo i want in the picture LMBO he said damn im glad that s over i was getting tired heeheehee they were chaseing it for about a 1/2 an hour before i showed up.