December 4, 2014 6:18 PM EST

Silly owl, your primary mode of transit is supposed to be flying, not swimming! But alas, here you are, doing what is essentially the butterfly stroke in the cold waters of Lake Michigan.

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Chicago area photographer and birder Steve Spitzer captured the brief (but, come on, totally riveting) footage this week in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood, WGN reports. The Great Horned Owl had apparently been forced into the water by two peregrine falcons — but clearly, he ended up making the best of the situation.

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