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Mid-air fight between owl and hawk caught on camera in Skagit County

A photographer captured a mid-air tussle between two birds of prey in Skagit County.

An owl and hawk became entangled in a mid-air fight in Skagit County -- and the encounter was captured on camera. 

Photographer Thomas Patrick Tully said a short-eared owl and northern harrier hawk got into a territorial dispute in the sky. 

Tully said the birds of prey share similar hunting techniques and appetites, and such view each other as competition. 

Credit: Thomas Patrick Tully

The birds took turns striking each other with their wings and talons, but Tully said it appears the owl and hawk finished their fight relatively unscathed. 

Credit: Thomas Patrick Tully

The fight played out over a popular bird-watching destination in Washington's Skagit County. 

Credit: Thomas Patrick Tully

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