Birds of prey are majestic creatures, feasting on all sorts of small animals to keep our urban ecosystem in balance. And apparently they are taking their hunting to the next logical frontier: Transit hubs.

The NYPD Special Operations unit Tweeted a photograph of a red-tailed hawk found at Penn Station, the hellhole that turns into a hellscape during the holiday season, explaining that the hawk "attempted to beat the holiday rush last night but missed the train."

Apparently the hawk had chased a pigeon into the station—and into an empty information booth—on Sunday night around 10 p.m.

Detective Joseph Bucchignano managed to capture the hawk and the NYPD released it over the Hudson River.

A police source joked to the Daily News, "He was just trying to do lunch," while the Post offered this NYPD source's pun, "The officers used their eagle eye to take the hawk into custody and set him free."

Fun fact: Detective Bucchignano was one of the two NYPD detectives who found the engagement ring that fell into a subway grate in Times Square last month. He was on Ellen recently, where he and colleague Detective Brian Glacken brought the ring to the newly engaged couple, who had been visiting from Great Britain.

This post has updated to reflect that hawk was actually a red-tailed hawk, as ID'd by Manhattan Bird Alert.