Lagoon Report XXVI

Crayfish Delight

A mink pauses momentarily on its way to dinner with a delectable crayfish, which it will consume  entirely except for the legs.

Coyote, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

November Stance

A wild coyote strikes a pose in the late November twilight near Centre Island.

Great Egrets, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Kissing Booth

A great egret shields its mate from the prying eyes of the paparazzi.

Greater Scaup, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Greater Scaup

The shockingly yellow eyes of a Greater Scaup, here comfortably perched on a log, peer back at the camera.

31 Seneca Ave, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

The New Style

Twilight settles over the 2012 Toronto skyline as seen from the front lawn of 31 Seneca Ave.

Dinner in the Park, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Dinner in the Field

Hamish takes a break from eating, during 2012’s return of Dinner in the Park in front of the WIA.

Artistic bonfire, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Redwing Firepile

The Fire Parade bonfire of 2012 waits to be lit on Ward’s Beach, moments before the parade arrives.

Great egret portrait, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands


A great egret poses for a portrait against deep shade, showcasing a bill designed for spearfishing in the shallows.

Willow Square mosaic unveiling, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Willow Square 2012

Volunteers and organizers come out to celebrate the unveiling of the magnificent Willow Square mosaic, marking the transition from what was  often a garbage transfer station on Wednesdays to an exceptional public space. Thanks guys, the WIA has never looked so lovely.

Toad in wall, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


An unlikely toad sets up shop in Barb’s garden wall.

Green heron, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

The Rarity of Green

A green heron, rare for the Islands, perches on a log near Snake Island.

Black-crowned night heron moonlight silhouette, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Moon Heron II

A black-crowned night heron stands in perfect silhouette against reflected light from the rising full moon.

Trumpeter Swan C24, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Visiting L23 and C24

Up close with Trumpter swans C24 (top) and L23 (bottom), now in their third week of residing on the Island. Trumpeters usually only pass through, they don’t normally spend too much time here.  L23 and C24 were first reported here.