Lagoon Report X II

Star trails, Arrowhead Lake, Arrowhead Provincial Park

Arrowhead Trails

A four-hour exposure over Arrowhead lake spins the night sky, ushering in the camping season of 2009.

Semi-wild cat, South Island, Toronto Islands

Spirit of Slate

A cat that seems to be living wild around the RCYC islands looks like it’s doing just fine living off the landscape. Does anyone know who this cat is?

Robin, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Robin Lashes

The delicate details of a robin’s face exemplifies the sharpness of Canon’s EF 300mm f/4 prime telephoto.

Mourning dove, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Mourning Chilling

A mourning dove relaxes in the half-grass of spring, with a closeup of its wonderful facial feathers and catchlight.

Armoured Canada goose nest, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Nest Armour

The only armoured nesting site on the Island is always one of the first to be occupied in the spring by returning Canada geese.

Canada goose nesting in pot, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Lucy Décor

Lucy the Canada goose sets up shop on the dock of Yael’s houseboat. The planter wasn’t there for the 2010 season, so Lucy nested in a planter on the dock of the Boat House on Centre Island.

Canada goose and egg, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands


Early spring 2009, and a Canada goose inexplicably lays an egg on an IYC dock. Do they sometimes lay eggs before their nest is complete?

Goose, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

On Guard

A goose proudly stands guard near its nest, on a small point of land just off of Doughnut island.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Curve Emergence

A garter snake emerges from its own coils early in the spring of 2009.

Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Polar Reflections

The jet-black eye of a melanistic garter snake reflects the photographer and bystanders under a clear spring sky.

Goose portrait, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Blue Eyes in the Shade

The wonderful blue eyes of a male goose lurking in the shade near Doughnut Island.

Black-crowned night heron, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Flight Lines

A newly returned black-crowned night heron wings its way past Snug Harbour.

Goose on nest, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands


A goose sits on her nest near Doughnut Island, surrounded by down blown off the nest by high winds.