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:
1. Amazing footage has been captured in Loyola Park Beach of a great horned owl swimming across Lake Michigan.
2. Chicago area photographer and birder Steve Spitzer captured the most unusual sighting.
3. The owl used its huge wings to move in a breast stroke-like fashion.
4. The raptor easily made it to shore, where it took some time to rest after the swim.
5. The owl can be seen drying off on the shore of Loyola Park Beach.
6. Despite appearing a little tired, the owl did seem injured following the attack.
7. The great horned owl — also called a tiger owl — is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.
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