Mid-morning today, we were just finishing a net run at Tortuga Lodge when we startled a Semiplumbeous Hawk from the ground next to one of our mist nets. Incredibly, the hawk swerved straight into the nylon mesh, and Ed and I simultaneously pounced before it could struggle free. What a catch! The hawk was too large for any of our leg bands (it takes a size 6, if you’re curious), and stood more than a foot tall. This was the first raptor we’ve caught in more than a month of banding here, and we were lucky enough to see it, much less catch one. Nice!