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.

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.

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.

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.

First cafe customers of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Café Customers

Canada geese line up in front of the Island Café for a quick shot of espresso.

Saw-whet owl portrait, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Channel Saw-whet

A Saw-whet owl perches in a tree on Channel Ave.  Could it be the same owl that visited Fourth St. in 2016?

Bald eagle in flight, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands

Fly Like An Eagle

A bald eagle controls the skies over Blockhouse Bay.  Click to view larger.  Thanks to David P for the tip.

Snowy Owl, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Island Snow

A snowy owl perches on the rocks at the end of Ward’s Beach in late November twilight.

Saw-whet owl in tree, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Fourth Saw-whet

A northern saw-whet owl perches in a tree on Fourth Street. Thanks to Peter N for the tip and Peter H for the tripod assistance.

Male wood duck in eclipse plumage, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Wood Eclipse

A male wood duck in eclipse plumage graces Long Pond near Doughnut Island.

Killdeer, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands


The cartoonish proportions of a Killdeer on the shores of Blockhouse Bay.

Canada Goose on hidden nest, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Green Mother

A rare Canada Goose mother sitting on a nest pokes her head up through the greenery near Doughnut Island.  2016 has been a great year for ducklings, but we have very few goslings and absolutely no cygnets.  The total number of nests was down significantly this year, and the last (failed) mute swan nest was just abandoned […]

Great egret closeup showing eye refraction, Snake Island, Toronto Islands


The eyes of a great egret sit far out on the sides of its head, enough to show visible refraction through the cornea.  The highlight on the lower-right side of the eye is light passing through, but not into, the eye. Click image to view larger.

Mallard Ducklings, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Ducklings Prime

The first crop of 2016 mallard ducklings sit in the grass of Snake Island.

Mature black-crowned night heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Red Eye Delight

The piercing red eye of a mature black-crowned night heron, perched in a tree by Doughnut Island.