Ongiara makes the first successful docking of 2015 at Ward’s Island, on March 18. This was a trial run without passengers, but heralds a potential return to service after four brutish weeks of commuting through the Island Airport.
Finally, some good news from the winter of 2014-15: the Eastern gap is finally starting to break up.
A mature northern pike swims in the shallows, reflected in the surface of water less than 6″ deep.
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.
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 […]
Blades from the Ongiara’s prop sit sheared almost in half by heavy winter ice.
An odd view of the Cove from the deck of the Ongiara, as some captain in 2001 takes her out the Eastern gap to open up an ice blockage.
A lovely horned grebe, migrating through, swims in the inner harbour. Painfully shy, they were absolutely not interested in hanging out with the photographer.
Glowing like a pet store tropical fish, a sunfish swims past an underwater remote near Pike Cut. Clarity of the lagoons is already dropping as the water temperature rises. This b-roll image looks mottled due to air bubble contamination on the lens port, a common problem in summertime.
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.
One of the first black-crowned night herons to return to the Toronto Islands in 2011 perches in snug harbour in this distant twilight shot.
A remote camera catches a blackbird chick waiting for feeding, seen through its mother’s legs.
A mink clears the ground, running along the western shore of Algonquin island.
Startled from its nap, an early black-crowned night heron waits for the photographer to leave so it can get back to some serious sleeping.
Walking upright out of the water, a Toronto Island beaver carries mud and vegetation in its arms to build a scent mound, territorial markers to let other beavers know that this area is verboten.
An early arrival in March of 2009: one of the first Great Blues to finish its long migration north.
Our local mallards have learned a new behaviour: how to dive. Normally a dabbling duck, the extent of their underwater activities usually stops at mooning passersby and picking up what they can reach under the water’s surface. Some local mallards, however, have picked up the ability to completely submerge themselves, just like cormorants. Captured here […]
Even in late November, snakes can still be found on the warmer days warming themselves in the low sunlight.
The lonely call of a Toronto Island coyote on a still November night (919KB MP3). Note: if the audio player doesn’t appear, click the title (Conversations) to view the actual post.
A late twilight, and unfortunately distant, encounter with a resident Toronto Island coyote who wasn’t very happy with the human interloper on its turf. These are thoroughly tagged as b-roll shots, it was far too late in the evening for any sort of useable light. Still, it isn’t every day that you kayak past a […]
A Canadian epic: a Toronto Island beaver hauls its catch through winter storm surge off of Ward’s Beach in the late January twilight. A definite B-roll shot, this is only of interest within the context of this photograph.
Wings outstretched, a great egret glides in ground effect by the IYC.
A great egret displays its fine wingtip feathers as it takes flight near Doughnut Island. Tagged as a b-roll shot, the angles in this photograph just didn’t come together.
A great egret shows off its ability to stand every feather on end after swallowing a fish near Snake Island. Tagged as a b-roll photograph, this was taken far too late in the evening for any decent sort of light.