Lagoon Reports

Backlit great egret, Long Pond, Centre Island, Toronto Islands


Brilliant sun shines through the wings of a Great Egret, highlighting the bone and multi-layered feather structures.

Lois M towing the Commissioner's St Bridge, Outer Harbour, Eastern Gap, Toronto Islands

Lois M

After an epic journey from Nova Scotia’s south shore through the St. Lawrence, Lois M tows the new Commissioners St. bridge through the Eastern Gap. This is the western half of the bridge, weighing in at 650 tonnes and 83 metres long. Click either image to view larger.

Rocks balanced on bollard, Eastern Gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islans


A fanciful balancing act on a bollard on the Eastern Gap.

Robin nesting on road bicycle, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

Miele Mama

A robin nests on a road bicycle, a most interesting location to raise one’s young.

New Year's Eve sunset, Eastern Gap, Toronto Islands

FU 2020

Sunset on New Year’s eve 2020 over the Eastern Gap. A beautiful end to a tough year.

Muskrat on shore, Island Public School, Toronto Islands

A Muskrat Education

A muskrat sits on the shoreline by the Island Public School.

Red-eared slider turtle damaged by prop, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Chopper 2021

Checking in with Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been documenting for years. Chopper’s shell was damaged by a prop, but has healed up nicely. Here’s Chopper in 2020, 2018, and 2016.

Mature black-crowned night heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Punk Outfit

A mature black-crowned night heron on Doughnut Island, shortly after finishing the migration north.

13 Black-crowned Night Herons in one tree, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Heron Tree

A baker’s dozen of 13 black-crowned night herons perch on the Heron Tree, where the first migratory group always lands every year. Here’s the same tree back in 2011.

Mink eating a crayfish, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Mink Snack

A mink enjoys a tasty crayfish on the shores of Centre Island.

Four red-eared slider turtles on a log, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Bumper Crop

Four red-eared slider turtles (an invasive species) bunch up on a log in Snug Harbour. 2021 is an absolutely epic year for turtles, with more in the lagoons that I have ever seen before.

Killdeer, Forestry Island, Toronto Islands


The comically large eyes of a Killdeer on Forestry Island.

Removal of final beer stein light, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Steinful Farewell

The final beer stein light fixture is removed from Third St.

Red-necked Grebe, Long Pond, Toronto Islands

Red-Necked Grebe

The lovely details of a red-necked grebe migrating through Long Pond.

Bald eagle on branch, Long Pond, Toronto Islands

Long Pond Baldy

A bald eagle perches on a branch on Long Pond at the start of the 2020/21 winter. Click image to view larger.

Injured red eared slider turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Slider Damage 2020

Meet Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been following for years. Chopper had an unfortunate run-in with a propeller, but is healing very nicely. Here’s Chopper back in 2018, and 2016. Click image to view larger.

Snowy owl with wingtip feathers, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Snow II

A snowy owl comes in for a pinpoint landing at Gibraltar Point. Click image to view larger.

Snowy owl, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Snow

A snowy owl perches on a large branch at Gibraltar Point. Click image to view larger.

High winds on ice unsafe sign, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Municipal Code

High winds drive spray high over an Ice Unsafe sign in front of the Rapids Queen.

Phone booth at water's edge under stormy skies, Gibraltar Point, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Spare a Quarter?

A Bell phone booth sits at the water’s edge by Gibraltar Point under moody skies. Official Ontario provincial government satellite data shows the water 140 feet further out – a stark reminder of just how high the water levels are heading into 2020. Click image to view larger.

Long exposure aircraft trails over Toronto skyline, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

The Longest Night 2019

Aircraft streak over the Toronto skyline on the longest night of the year, winter solstice 2019. Click image to view larger.

Barbara Klunder's Up From The Ashes design, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Phoenix Rising

New Year's 1989, DJ Joanna Kidd, Algonuin Island, Toronto Islands

Original Vinyl

Joanna spins vinyl in 1989 when it was hip, before it was hip again.