A short time ago a Harris Hawk escaped from an aviary near us. We found out about this when we went to walk Stiggy round the garden. A couple of neighbours were leaning out of their windows and called out to warn us. They said there was a Harris Hawk in the garden. It had killed a seagull and was under a tree by the fence. They pointed, we looked. There it was. A large Hawk sitting astride it’s kill, surrounded by feathers, about twelve feet from where we were standing. Stiggy is a Parsons’ Jack Russell terrier. Not very big. We turned and went the other way around the apartment building. The neighbours had already called the RSPCA. When we returned from the walk the RSPCA man was in the garden. He’d not been able to capture the hawk and it had escaped. When I got indoors I got on Twitter and told the local radio & TV stations, along with local social sites, about the escaped bird. There’s a large park next door to and behind my place, where lots of people walk their dogs off the lead. It was a worrying couple of days until the hawk was recaptured. A reminder to live in the present because life is short.