Lagoon Report XXIV

Muskrat, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Muskrat Mountain

A muskrat, looking for all the world like a small mountain of fur, sits in the waters off of Doughnut Island.

Balancing painted turtle, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Balancing Act

A red-eared slider does a balancing act, basking on a log near Doughnut Island.

Coyote staredown, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Staredown on Brown

A coyote, blending in perfectly with the browns of early Spring, stares down the camera by the filtration plant.

Early returned black-crowned night heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Numero Uno

The first black-crowned night heron to return to the Islands in 2012, two days earlier than the first arrivals in 2011.

Red-eared slider covered in hibernation muck, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Hibernation Solidification

A painted turtle basks on a log, still covered in mud and algae from its long winter slumber at the bottom of the lagoon.

Long-tailed duck in flight, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Translucent Airlines

Light shines through the flight feathers of a long-tailed duck, taking flight near Hanlan’s Point.

Wild turkey, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Endless Thanksgiving

A first look at an Island wild turkey foraging in the underbrush.

Venus and Jupiter conjunction, Gibralter Point lighthouse, Toronto Islands

Light Sky

Venus and Jupiter hang together in conjunction off of the Gibraltar Point lighthouse, a light show that’s already fading as the planets drift apart.

Well Blow Me Down

Strong winds turn normally placid Lake Ontario into pounding surf, completely inundating Ward’s beach. 3 minutes 35 seconds.  24.1MB MP4.

Mink portrait, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Icy Whiskers

A mink, whiskers sporting ice in the -11°C air, surveys its surroundings on fresh ice formed by a sudden March cold snap.

Cooper hawk, South Island, Toronto Islands

Hidden Cooper

A Cooper’s Hawk sits hidden in the branches west of Snake Island.  A Cooper’s couple raised a family in the area in 2011, it’s nice to see them back again.

Hunting coyote pair, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

The Coyote Times

A fleeting glimpse into the mysterious world of Toronto Island coyotoes: a remote camera catches a coyote pair hunting on the ice near Doughnut Island. Note: this is a compilation of several frames, showing them as the camera sees them. It is not a pack, it’s only one pair of coyotes imaged several times. Click […]

Beaver jawbone with teeth, Franklin Island, Georgian Bay

Beaver Pull

So, just how long are a beaver’s front teeth?  Almost six inches, as it turns out.

Toronto skyline panorama framed by tree silhouettes, Olympic Island, Toronto Islands

Winter Bones I

Barren trees on Olympic Island perfectly frame a December twilight over Toronto.

Aircraft trails over Toronto skyline, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Porter Painting

Aircraft streak through Toronto’s night sky in a three-hour combined exposure.  It certainly looks like there’s been a marked increase in air traffic since this similar image taken back in March.

Jack Layton carved pumpkin, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


Inese and Mike’s fabulous Jack-O-Layton lights up Hallow’s Eve, 2011.