Beaver swimming at twilight, Cathcart Islands, Parry Sound, Georgian Bay

Beaver Patterns

A beaver swims through the Cathcart Islands at twilight.

Deer portrait, Big McCoy Island, Georgian Bay

McCoy Alert

Proving that they’re great swimmers, a gorgeous deer bides its time offshore on Big McCoy Island. Deer were also spotted offshore in Cognashene and on the Cathcarts this season.

Black bear standing on hind legs, Rogers Island, Georgian Bay

Bear Hug

A gorgeous black bear stands tall on Roger’s Island.

Common loon spreading its wings with chick, Twelve Mile Bay, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay

Uncommon Loon

A loon spreads its wings at the mouth of Twelve Mile Bay in late September. The chick behind it can’t yet fish for itself, so it’s a race against time for this chick to grow up before the end of the season.

Sandhill crane landing in heavy fog, Cathcart Islands, Georgian Bay

Instrument Approach

A sandhill crane comes in for landing during heavy fog  over the Cathcart Islands.

Dancing loons, Twelve Mile Bay, Georgian Bay

Loon Dance

Loons dance on the unseasonably warm waters of Twelve Mile Bay in early October.

Close black bear portrait, Dead Island, Georgian Bay

High Alert

A black bear gazes curiously into the camera on Dead Island, before scampering off into the forest.

Intertwined northern water snakes, Bustard Islands, Georgian Bay

Double Double

Two northern water snakes keep a lookout next to a hibernaculum on the Bustard Islands.

Large black bear, Churchill Islands, Georgian Bay

Big Bruiser

A large black bear pauses momentarily while foraging for berries in the underbrush of the Churchill Islands.

Perched bald eagle, Outer Fox Islands, Georgian Bay


A bald eagle perches on a dead tree in the Shirt Tails, directly south of the Outer Fox Islands.

Ruby-throated hummingbird, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay


A ruby-throated hummingbird defies gravity, neck feathers perfectly displayed in the late June sunlight.

Bear cub shaking off water, Bustard Islands, Georgian Bay

Shake Yer Booty

A bear cub shakes water off after a swim on the Bustard Islands, close to the Bustard Rocks lighthouse.

Massasauga Rattlesnake, Massasauga Provincial Park, Georgian Bay

Massasauga Sniff

An endangered Massasauga rattlesnake sniffs the air, on a portage in Massasauga Provincial Park’s Spider Bay.  This was the largest Massasauga that I’ve ever seen, around one metre in length.

Swimming Mink, Philip Edward Island, Georgian Bay

Surface Disturbance

A mink swims by at twilight on the south shore of Philip Edward Island.

Dragonfly wing details, Umbrella Islands, Georgian Bay


The delicate features of a dragonfly wing on the Umbrella Islands.

Wolf spider with babies, Snake Islands, Georgian Bay


Babies adorn the back of a mother wolf spider.

Mink skull, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay

Nightmare on Mink St.

A perfectly preserved mink skull reveals its details in the Sans Souci area of Georgian Bay.

Painted turtles basking on rock, Bottle Island, Georgian Bay

Triple Trouble

Painted turtles bask on a rock near Bottle Island.

Sandhill Cranes, Byng Inlet, Georgian Bay

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill cranes forage in the wetlands around Byng Inlet.

Five lined skink, Naiscoot River, Georgian Bay

Skink Blues

The tail of a five lined skink glows bright blue in the Chicken Liver Channel, at the mouth of the Naiscoot River.

Common tern in flight, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay

Cry on Blue II

A common tern flies overhead in Sans Souci.

Loon Chick, Wreck Island, Georgian Bay

Loon Chick I

A loon chick swims off of Wreck Island, in Massassauga Provincial Park.

Northern water snake, Umbrella Islands, Georgian Bay


A northern water snake basks in the sun on the Umbrella Islands.

Mink with crayfish, West Fox Islands, Georgian Bay

Crayfish Delight

A mink pauses briefly with a crayfish, before consuming everything but the claws on the West Fox Islands.