Palisades Eagles Fly High

Dated: 09/20/2017

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   One of the great pleasures of rowing on the Hudson River is that you never know what you're going to see.  In addition to the many striped bass I've seen jumping out of the water, the most memorable jumper was a huge sturgeon.  It looked like some prehistoric creature.  Deer graze in the river by the salt marsh below the Piermont pier, and ospreys catch fish on a regular basis.  But the most spectacular sight occurred a couple of years ago, when we stopped in the Hudson next to Sneden's Landing in Palisades.  On the top of the Palisades, a pair of bald eagles has nested for the last five years or so.  One of the parent eagles took off, and knocked a fledgling off its branch.  The parent then swooped down on the young bird, locked talons with it, and the two tumbled down through the air.  Breaking off, the parent flew higher, and repeated the maneuver.  I had never seen this before anywhere, but I thought I knew what had happened: the parent was teaching the young bird the eagle mating ritual.  At home, I went right to You Tube, and my theory was confirmed.  It was an unforgettable sight.  

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Thano Schoppel

I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....

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