Watch: Owl swims across Lake Michigan after attack by falcons

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CHICAGO — The very unusual sight of an owl doing the breaststroke was captured by a Chicago area photographer and bird lover.

According to FOX 4 sister station, WGN-TV in Chicago, photographer Steve Spitzer was at Loyola Park Beach in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood when he saw something moving across the water of Lake Michigan.

Spitzer was met another birder who told him that something was a Great Horned Owl, who was swimming across the surface of the water. The owl was forced down into the lake by two Peregrine Falcons.

Spitzer captured video and photos of the owl in the watch, but were too busy scaring the falcons away to catch them in action. According to Spitzer the owl left the scene before bird rescue was able to arrive.

The video below shows the owl resting after his tiring journey across the water.