The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan…

A photographer has captured some truly remarkable footage while taking pictures at Loyola Park Beach in Rogers Park. He filmed a great horned owl swimming in Lake Michigan. Yes, incredible as it sounds, the owl was swimming.

Photographer Steve Spitzer told WGNTV that he was birdwatching and taking pictures with a friend when he noticed something extraordinary take place in the water in Lake Michigan.

A bird he quickly identified as a great horned owl was swimming in the lake and neither of them could believe their eyes. Still, Spitzer managed to start filming and document the rare event.

Spitzer said that he saw the owl come under attack by two peregrine falcons earlier. The owl then headed for the water and dived in, so it could escape the attackers.

The photographer and his friend called a local bird rescue group, but by the time they arrived, the owl was gone.

Now here is the video itself:

And here is a GIF of the owl practicing his breast stroke:

The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan...

1. Amazing footage has been captured in Loyola Park Beach of a great horned owl swimming across Lake Michigan.

The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan...

2. Chicago area photographer and birder Steve Spitzer captured the most unusual sighting.

The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan...

3. The owl used its huge wings to move in a breast stroke-like fashion.

The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan...

4. The raptor easily made it to shore, where it took some time to rest after the swim.

The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan...

5. The owl can be seen drying off on the shore of Loyola Park Beach.

The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan...

6. Despite appearing a little tired, the owl did seem injured following the attack.

The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan...

7. The great horned owl — also called a tiger owl — is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.

The Incredible Moment An Owl Is Practicing His Breast Strokes In Lake Michigan...

Sources: WGNTV, The Daily Mail.

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