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#10 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2016: Stunning images from the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest

Hunting For Fish Photo and Caption by Eric Esterle/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Photo and caption by Eric Esterle / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year A mature bald eagle drags the tail of a fish across the surface of the water after picking it up out of the Susquehanna river. It was late in the day when the sun was setting casting an orange hue over the water.

A mature bald eagle drags the tail of a fish across the surface of the water after picking it up out of the Susquehanna River. It was late in the day when the sun was setting, casting an orange hue over the water. - Eric Esterle, National Geographic

Photo and caption by Eric Esterle / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year A juvenile bald eagle drops its catch and prepares to defend itself from an approaching adult bald eagle with talons out. In the previous frames, this aggressive and impressive juvenile expertly picked up its catch out of the water and, as seen in this frame, was immediately required to defend itself from the much larger adult.

A mature bald eagle drags the tail of a fish across the surface of the water after picking it up out of the Susquehanna river. It was late in the day when the sun was setting casting an orange hue over the water. This image is part of the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest which ends Nov. 4, 2016.