Lagoon Report XVII

Ferry Ongiara, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

1830 to the City

The Ongiara streaks to the city at 6:30 P.M., punching through the January ice in this two-minute exposure.

Great Horned Owl, South Island, Toronto Islands


A great horned owl wings its way silently over the RCYC’s south island, displaying the fine patterns in its outstretched feathers.  An absolutely awesome bird to see in flight.

Mixed-duck formation, Eastern Gap, Toronto Islands

Follow the Leader

A mixed formation of ducks fly through the eastern gap, mergansers playing follow-the-leader with a female long-tailed duck (née old squaw).

Cormorant, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

The Last Cormorant

One of the last cormorants to be found in 2010 swims near Centre Island, caught here in the deliciously low light of November.

Backlit cormorant, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands


A cormorant creates a partial eclipse of the sun by Doughnut Island, momentarily turning day into night in the camera.

Mink portrait, South Island, Toronto Islands

Say Hello

Up close and personal with mink whiskers on the ice near the RCYC.

Feeding mink, South Island, Toronto Islands


A mink noisily chews through a fish, on the ice near the RCYC.

Winter Chickadee, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Chickadee Isolation

A Chickadee puffs itself up against the cold of winter, searching for food behind the filtration plant.

Mink skull, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay

Mink Details

The carnivorous details of a perfectly preserved mink skull, found in the Sans Souci region of Georgian Bay.

Moonlit WIA Clubhouse, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Waiting for Gala Days

An almost-full moon turns night into day around the snowbound WIA clubhouse, silent for the winter and awaiting future Gala Days.

Red fox in snow, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands


The eyes say it all, as this red fox stares down the camera.

Yawning red fox, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Healthy Teeth

Beautiful dental work:  up close and personal with a red fox, yawning from an afternoon nap in the sunlit snow.

Fox and cat, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Cats 1, Foxes 0

Putting to rest some of the fox controversy within the community:  Ginger the cat goes after the fox.  Ginger seemed genuinely curious, but the fox wouldn’t have any of it, and actually ran away.  Cats 1, Foxes 0. Island cats rule.

Beaver in winter, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Canadian Hero

A true Canadian hero:  a beaver, doing what it does best, hauls a branch out of the Ward’s dunes through a winter blizzard, back to the water where it will swim with it through the breaking surf to its lodge. Absolutely epic, for the amount of nutrition that the underbark of dogwood contains. This is […]

Beaver in winter surf, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Canadian Hero II

A Canadian epic:  a Toronto Island beaver hauls its catch through winter storm surge off of Ward’s Beach in the late January twilight. A definite B-roll shot, this is only of interest within the context of this photograph.

Red fox, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Black Ice Reds

A gorgeous red fox steps into the sidelight on the hockey rink off of Algonquin Island, trademark reds on fine display on the black ice.

Red fox, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Stunning Reds

An absolutely stunning red fox poses on the disc golf course, showing off its trademark tail that’s almost as long as its body.

Mink underwater, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Proof of Concept

Hot on the heels of their newfound popularity from the front-page Toronto Star article, a curious Toronto Island mink checks out the experimental IceCam, underwater and under the ice near Snug Harbour. A terrible photograph by any stretch of the imagination, there isn’t much light down there, but an interesting portrait of our furry little […]

Mink skull, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay

Nightmare on Mink St.

The carnivorous teeth of a mink skull discovered in the Sans Souci area of Georgian Bay.

Backlit cormorant, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Ultimate Backlight

A cormorant eclipses the sun near Long Pond, pushing the Canon EF 300mm f/4 L lens to its absolute limit.