Lagoon Report XII

Day Lily, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Last Day Lily (timelapse)

One of the last day lilies of 2009 unfolds in this three-hour timelapse (click the play button to view the timelapse).

Breakwall cat, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Algonquin Harbour Cat

A cat unaccountably sits on the open breakwall of Algonquin Island.

Feeding great egret, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Egret ABCs

Great egrets do the most fantastic then when they catch and swallow a fish — all of their feathers stand on end. In this progression, an egret catches a fish (left), swallows (centre), and totally punks out (right).

Painted turtle, Trout Pond, Toronto Islands

Ancient Waiting

Taking a page from the old “Is it live, or is it Memorex?” ads, a large painted turtle leans into the sunset light of a gorgeous August evening.

Painted turtle, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Up Close and Personal

A tiny painted turtle fills the camera’s entire frame, hovering just inside the minimum focus distance of the lens.

Tagged trumpeter swan, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

H10 Pretzel

Sadly Trumpeter swans never stay long in our sunny climes, but when they do visit it’s always a small event. Here Trumpeter H10 does its best to turn itself into a pretzel, balancing in the shallows off of the QCYC’s Rapids Queen.

Muskrats, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Dynamic Duo

A lovely muskrat couple hoover back zebra mussels as fast as they can, on a “feeding platform” in Snug harbour. In the spring and fall (it’s usually frozen solid in the winter) when the waters clear (in summer the waters warm up and are full of algae and weeds), you can see mounds of zebra […]

Juvenile mute swan wings, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands


An adolescent mute swan spreads its wings, still growing and as yet unable to fly.

Mute swan juvenile, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Growin’ Up

A mute swan juvenile learns to feed off of Centre Island.

Mute swan cygnets, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Sibling Asymmetry

Snow-white mute swan cygnets learn to feed off of Snake Island.

Great egret, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Poise on Black

A snow-white great egret stands in full sunlight, against a perfectly black background of deep shade. This panorama is available as a special 8×18″ panoramic print, see Boutique Pricing for details.

Great blue heron, Trout Pond, Toronto Islands

Lily Perch

A great blue heron perches on a branch in the Trout Pond.

Baby map turtle, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Pagoda Baby

A baby map turtle, only about four inches long, basks on a log off of Snake Island.