Lagoon Report XXI

Snapping Turtle, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Snapper Gaze

A snapping turtle rests among the grasses of Doughnut Island.

Swimming mink, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Half Dry

A mink displays its curious ability to keep its top half dry while swimming near Doughnut Island.

Red-eared slider, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Slider Glow

A heavily backlit red-eared slider glows on a log near Hanlan’s Point.

Painted turtles on log, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands


Female blackbird, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

On Guard For Thee

Canada goose gosling, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

The Latest Addition

A rapidly growing Canada goose gosling poses on the cropped grasses of Centre Island.

Canada goose and gosling, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Learning The Ropes

A Canada goose gosling emulates its parent, learning how to feed and drink from the lagoon edge on Centre Island.

Nesting Canada goose, Olympic Island, Toronto Islands


A Canada goose nests in a safe, yet seemingly uncomfortable, location on a rocky breakwater off of Olympic Island.

Nesting mute swan, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands


A mute swan sits on her nest, deep in the shadows of of Snug Harbour.

Black-crowned night heron, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Reverse Snowbird

In town for the season, this black-crowned night heron has probably left the stifling heat of a Florida summer just in time for things to finally warm up here in Toronto.

Northern pike underwater, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Painterly Cruising

A signature photograph for the FishEYE II:  a northern pike cruises its spawning grounds, waiting for the water to warm up to about 9°C to start the main event.  The lagoons are still frigid, hovering around the 5-6°C mark.

Canada goose nesting in tree, Unknown Island, Toronto Islands

Watch That First Step

A Canada Goose nests in a most unlikely place, 14′ up in the hollow of a dead tree.  Normally they nest at the waterline, and the goslings start to swim almost as soon as they’re hatched. This particular brood will have to get creative to reach the lagoon once they hatch — Canada Geese can’t […]

Yellow perch, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Back in School

A school of yellow perch float motionless in front of a remote camera, their numbers seeming to stretch to the underwater horizon. A B-Roll shot by all accounts, but I didn’t know that we have schools of perch this large in our lagoons.