Backlit great egret, Long Pond, Centre Island, Toronto Islands


Brilliant sun shines through the wings of a Great Egret, highlighting the bone and multi-layered feather structures.

Robin nesting on road bicycle, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

Miele Mama

A robin nests on a road bicycle, a most interesting location to raise one’s young.

Muskrat on shore, Island Public School, Toronto Islands

A Muskrat Education

A muskrat sits on the shoreline by the Island Public School.

Red-eared slider turtle damaged by prop, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Chopper 2021

Checking in with Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been documenting for years. Chopper’s shell was damaged by a prop, but has healed up nicely. Here’s Chopper in 2020, 2018, and 2016.

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

Punk Outfit

A mature black-crowned night heron on Doughnut Island, shortly after finishing the migration north.

13 Black-crowned Night Herons in one tree, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Heron Tree

A baker’s dozen of 13 black-crowned night herons perch on the Heron Tree, where the first migratory group always lands every year. Here’s the same tree back in 2011.

Mink eating a crayfish, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Mink Snack

A mink enjoys a tasty crayfish on the shores of Centre Island.

Four red-eared slider turtles on a log, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Bumper Crop

Four red-eared slider turtles (an invasive species) bunch up on a log in Snug Harbour. 2021 is an absolutely epic year for turtles, with more in the lagoons that I have ever seen before.

Killdeer, Forestry Island, Toronto Islands


The comically large eyes of a Killdeer on Forestry Island.

Red-necked Grebe, Long Pond, Toronto Islands

Red-Necked Grebe

The lovely details of a red-necked grebe migrating through Long Pond.

Bald eagle on branch, Long Pond, Toronto Islands

Long Pond Baldy

A bald eagle perches on a branch on Long Pond at the start of the 2020/21 winter. Click image to view larger.

Injured red eared slider turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Slider Damage 2020

Meet Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been following for years. Chopper had an unfortunate run-in with a propeller, but is healing very nicely. Here’s Chopper back in 2018, and 2016. Click image to view larger.

Snowy owl with wingtip feathers, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Snow II

A snowy owl comes in for a pinpoint landing at Gibraltar Point. Click image to view larger.

Snowy owl, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Snow

A snowy owl perches on a large branch at Gibraltar Point. Click image to view larger.

Melanistic and common garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Black & Tan

Common garter snakes, one melanistic, emerge from their hibernaculum in the early Spring. Click image to view larger.

Beaver chewing branch in hole in ice, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Beaver Chew

A beaver chews apart a heavy branch from a hole kept open in the lagoon ice. Click image to view larger.

Female bald eagle in tree, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Find The Eagle

When an eagle lands in a tree next to you, you darn well know it. Here a female bald eagle perches in a tree off of the RCYC. Click image to view larger.

Male bald eagle, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bald Neighbour

A male bald eagle perches above Kathleen and Ali’s house at the corner of Channel and Third.

January bluebird, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bluebird of Happiness

A bluebird lights up Channel Ave. on a cold January day. Thanks to David for the tip.

Wood duck in January, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

A Woody January

The unlikely colours of a wood duck on a warm January day.

Bittern Surprise

A very rare surprise:  a migrating American bittern attempts to hide in plain sight by standing tall and straight.  It’s a very effective camouflage when they’re amongst the reeds, here not so much.  This is only the second bittern that I’ve ever seen on the Island.

Trumpeter Swan P24, Muggs Island, Island Yacht Club, IYC, Toronto Islands

Meet Molson

Meet Molson, more blandly known as Trumpeter Swan P24.  Molson was hatched at Wye Marsh as part of their Trumpeter Swan program two years ago.  All the hatchlings were named after breweries, hence the name Molson. Personally, I’m waiting for a flock of microbrews to migrate through at the end of the season.

Great blue heron with drooped wings, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Droop Wing I & II

A great blue heron droops its wings to cool off on an unseasonably hot October day.

Closeup of a pair of muskrats together, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Captain & Tennille

Muskrat Love!  A pair of muskrats dine together in the waters of Snug Harbour.