Wildlife

Canada Goose goslings, Forestry Island, Toronto Islands

Babes in the Woods

Some of the first Canada goose goslings rest on the shoreline of Forestry island.

Red-eared slider turtle injured by boat prop, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Slider Damage 2018

A red-eared slider turtle injured by a boat prop, first imaged in 2016,  appears to be healing nicely. Click image to view larger.

Gnats covering a branch, the boardwalk, Toronto Islands

Boardwalk Masses

Gnats by the million cover tree branches on the boardwalk – cyclists beware.  Presented here in full HD, click image to view larger for all the gory details.


Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Melanistic Coils

An early melanistic garter snake suns itself on a brisk March day.

Snowy Owl, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Yellow Stare

A snowy owl perches on a pole on Ward’s beach.

Bald eagle eating a cormorant morsel, Center Island, Toronto Islands

Down the Hatch

Another view of the Bald eagle dining on a cormorant down by St. Andrew’s.


A snowy owl stares into the camera, Ward's Beach, Toronto Islands

Yellow Stare

Another view of the beautiful snowy owl that was haunting the end of Ward’s beach.

Trumpeter swan flying over frozen Lake Ontario, Center Island, Toronto Islands

Trumpeter Blues

A lone trumpeter swan flies over forming ice during a -22°C cold snap.

Robin puffed up against cold, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

Round Robin

A robin puffs itself up to keep warm during a -22°C cold snap.


Snowy Owl, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Snowy Perch II

A snowy owl perches on the ice along Ward’s beach.

Bald eagle eating a cormorant, Center Island, Toronto Islands

Eagle Overload

A bald eagle tears a hapless cormorant to shreds atop one of the new sky ride towers by St. Andrews by the Lake.  The cormorant debris field spread right across the lagoon ice to the farm.

Map turtle covered in poplar fluff, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Fluff Camouflage

Apparently we’re not the only ones cursed with poplar fluff.  Even map turtles basking in the Doughnut Island environs are susceptible.


Mink on shoreline of Centerville, Toronto Island Flood, Center Island, Toronto Islands

Centerville Mink

A mink tours the shoreline of Centerville, enjoying the complete solitude during the Flood of 2017.

Jimmy joking with people at the back of the Jimmy Jones Express, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

JJ Style

Jimmy jokes with the peanut gallery at the back of the bus aboard the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.

Jimmy in the middle of the crowded Jimmy Jones Express, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Jimmy in the Crowd

Jimmy tells stories to the crowd at the back of the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.


Jimmy Jones explains the history of a memorial bench, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Bench Talk

Jimmy Jones explains the history of a memorial bench on Centre Island to the assembled crowd of the Jimmy Jones express. Click image to view larger.

Jimmy Jones with megaphone on the Jimmy Jones Express, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Megaphone Shade

Jimmy Jones points out details of Gibraltar Point with the aid of a megaphone on the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.

Jimmy Jones holding copy of Torontos Riviera of Yesteryear, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Riviera of Yesteryear

Jimmy Jones holds up a copy of Toronto’s Riviera of Yesteryear at the final stop of the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.


Wild peacock portrait, Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Peacock Blues

The escaped peacock, unofficial mascot of the Flood of 2017, has taken to roosting on Freya’s roof.

Mating toads in front of Rectory Cafe, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Rectory Mates

Toads mate in front of the Rectory Café.  It’s a great year to be an amphibian.

Seagull wading in flooded field at sunset, The Annex, Toronto Islands

Sunset Wading

A ringbill bull wades through the flooded fields of the Annex.


Escaped peacock portrait, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Not Just Another Pretty Face

An escaped peacock becomes an impromptu shed dweller on Willow Ave.  As if the Flood scenario isn’t strange enough already, waking up at 5:00am to the cries of a peacock ringing out over Ward’s Island puts the whole situation over the top.

Final swan egg in nest, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Swans in the Flood

Lagoon levels appear to be fluctuating by about six inches, and the QCYC swan nest was probably flooded this morning.  As of Sunday afternoon, the parents appear to be sitting dejected on the QCYC dock.

Islander cycles past sandbags and swan, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Dividing Lines

The male QCYC mute swan just doesn’t see what all this flood fuss is about.


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