April #SuperSnap

The April #SuperSnap goes to this great blue heron captured on a Snapshot trail camera in Door County. Standing at four feet tall, blue herons use shallow areas like the one pictured as their main hunting grounds. They typically remain stationary while scanning the water below for fish, frogs, or snakes to catch with their long beaks. Great blue herons will also prey on species found in nearby fields or marshes, like rodents, insects, and even other birds. 

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @AUK for this #SuperSnap nomination.

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and sharing your favorites with #SuperSnap – your submission might just be next month’s featured photo! Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

 

Sources: 

https://www.eekwi.org/animals/birds/great-blue-heron 

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/great-blue-heron

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Blue_Heron/lifehistory

 

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About jessicaknackert

Jessica Knackert is a natural resources educator and research technician for Snapshot Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences Communication and Zoology with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jessica has a background in carnivore ecology research in both Madison, Wisconsin and Akagera National Park, Rwanda. She also has experience in science journalism and outreach. In her free time, Jessica enjoys biking, kayaking/paddle boarding, and reading.

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