Lagoon Report XI

Juvenile racoon, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

High ISO Cutie

Testing the limits of Canon’s 5DmkII high-ISO performance, ISO 25,600 captures a baby racoon in the dark hollow of a willow tree 45 minutes after sunset. Not useful for print or colour work, it is an interesting look into sensor technology to come.

Sleeping cats, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bro Men

Tigger and Marble wile away a long summer afternoon, dealing with their stressors as only felines know how.

Black-crowned night heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Backlight Perch

A black-crowned night heron perches on a branch near Forestry Island, interrupted from its fishing by a certain photographer interloper.

Canada goose gosling, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Sunset Isolation

Midge cloud, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Gnat Overload

Midges (formerly misidentified as gnats) take flight in massive swarms off the harbour side of Algonquin Island.

Feeding muskrat, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Zebra Snack

A muskrat noisily chews through zebra mussels in Snug Harbour.

Painted turtle, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stones gather no moss, but older turtles certainly do.

Juvenile racoon multi-exposure, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Entrail Spaghetti

A juvenile racoon, in fact this fellow, sucks back a tasty morsel from a long-dead carp near the IYC as if it were designer Italian pasta.

Juvenile racoon, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Seafood Snack

A juvenile racoon enjoys a sunset snack on a long-dead carp (and I do mean long-dead, the stench was overwhelming) near the IYC.

Swimming muskrat, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Of Green and Black

A muskrat reflects perfectly in the dark waters off of Snake Island.

Blackbird chicks in nest, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Ringside Seat

Blackbird chicks, their eyes finally open, await their next feeding.

Blackbird chicks in nest, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands


Three blackbird chicks, eyes not yet fully open, rest in their nest.

Toronto skyline panorama, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Solstice Sunset

The sun sets on 2009′s summer solstice, the harbour conspicuously empty of ferry boats during the civic strike.

Blackbird chick, Trout Pond, Toronto Islands

60 Million Year Old Baby

A blackbird chick sleeps in its nest, waiting for another meal to be delivered by its parents.

Beaver, South Island, Toronto Islands

Almighty Branch

Floating in the kayak beside the RCYC’s southern island (what do they call that island?), I came across a type of beaver behaviour that I’ve never seen before.  Usually they chew on things that they can reach easily, but these branches were just a little too far out of reach.