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OPINION

Editorial: Our favorite show returns

York Dispatch

"Big Brother" can watch itself. Pull the plug on "Survivor." The Kardashians — please.

Our favorite reality show just got renewed for a second season.

The eagles near Codorus State Park will be back on camera for another year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced.

Last January, the Game Commission placed a camera high in a tree beside the nest a pair of eagles have used for several seasons. And thousands of people around the world waited and watched as the pair got the nest ready and settled in to raise their family.

Who can forget the thrill last winter when the first egg appeared, followed shortly by the second?

The image of the nest blanketed in snow after a storm, then the sudden movement as the mother eagle stretched and revealed that she was there, keeping the eggs warm, was so dramatic it was on The Weather Channel.

We worried as the area went through the coldest February on record, and we listened as naturalists explained that eagles have an extra-heated patch on their undersides specifically to keep the eggs from freezing.

We all watched as one egg, then the other, hatched, the fuzzy little eaglets sticking close to mom and dad at first, shown only for seconds at a time as the parents fed them.

As time passed, the babies grew bolder and parents spent more time away, leaving us to watch as the babies fought, explored their nest and sometimes just fell over asleep.

And the parents brought them food, so much food: the fish that they pecked at for days, the skunk that seemed to become a permanent part of the nest (eagles apparently can't smell very well).

The eaglets got bigger and bolder, edging to the side of the nest, demanding more and more food. And, in an act of rebellion against their audience, bumping into the camera.

The finale wasn't as dramatic, now that the camera was pointing somewhere off to the side and the view was just a tiny portion of the nest. The eaglets were seen flying around Lake Marburg, learning to hunt and fish.

And then they were gone.

The Game Commission plans to affix a new camera beside the nest in January. The adult eagles are expected to return, as they do. The eaglets might be in the area, but they won't be at the nest.

And the cycle will begin again, waiting for the eggs to appear.

We can't wait to tune in.