The bird had been attacked by two Peregrine Falcons and sought refuge in the water. Spitzer hurried to help it, but was surprised when the owl simply started swimming to safety. As the owl isn’t a water bird, it swam almost like a human, keeping its head above the water and doing a breast stroke. At this time of year young owls have to leave their parents’ territories and find their own. In this case, the area belonged to falcons, which are very territorial.