Lagoon Report XXXV

Cold wind blowing at sunset, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Cold Wind

A bitter wind blows snow across the Ward’s traffic circle as the sun sets over the Rapids Queen. Click image to view larger.

Beaver chewing branch in hole in ice, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Beaver Chew

A beaver chews apart a heavy branch from a hole kept open in the lagoon ice. Click image to view larger.

Female bald eagle in tree, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Find The Eagle

When an eagle lands in a tree next to you, you darn well know it. Here a female bald eagle perches in a tree off of the RCYC. Click image to view larger.


Male bald eagle, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bald Neighbour

A male bale eagle perches above Kathleen and Ali’s house at the corner of Channel and Third.

January bluebird, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bluebird of Happiness

A bluebird lights up Channel Ave. on a cold January day. Thanks to David for the tip.

Full lunar eclipse at totality 2019, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Wet Meadow Eclipse

The moon approaches totality over the wet meadow during the full lunar eclipse of January 2019. The -35°C wind chill was an added bonus.


Wood duck in January, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

A Woody January

The unlikely colours of a wood duck on a warm January day.

Derrick barge T.H.C. 50 and the last bollard on the Eastern Gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Last Bollard

Derrick barge T.H.C. 50 has completed her work removing the crumbling portion of the eastern gap.  This panorama was shot on her last night moored just off of the cove.  Click image to view larger.

Fall colours on Fifth St., Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Fireworks on Fifth

Fall colours light up Fifth St on a gorgeous November day.


Nature's Sandbox by Thelia Sanders-Shelton, Rogue Wave 2018, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Nature’s Sandbox

Nature’s Sandbox, a Rogue Wave 2018 installation by Thelia Sanders-Shelton.

Bittern Surprise

A very rare surprise:  a migrating American bittern attempts to hide in plain sight by standing tall and straight.  It’s a very effective camouflage when they’re amongst the reeds, here not so much.  This is only the second bittern that I’ve ever seen on the Island.

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