8 December 2014
If you haven’t seen this video yet …
Do great horned owls swim? You bet they do if there’s nowhere else to go.
Last week passersby at Chicago’s Loyola Park saw a pair of peregrine falcons chasing a great horned owl away from their territory. The owl flew out over Lake Michigan but the peregrines kept hammering it. Eventually their attack forced the owl to ditch in the lake. Only then did the peregrines leave him alone.
Unlike ospreys, owls aren’t built to go airborne directly from the water so the owl swam to get back to shore. Steve Spitzer captured it on video.
On the beach the owl caught his breath and dried out a bit before flying to a tree down the street. Sand in wet feathers. What an embarrassing mess!
That’s the last time this owl goes near Loyola Park!