Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

January 20, 2011

A Visit to Kearny

Filed under: Birds, curiosities, favorite places, Kearny Lake — richditch @ 6:15 pm
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Arizona is a big state, and if you poke around enough you will find some interesting places. One of those places for me is the small town of Kearny, located along the Gila River about 25 miles south of Superior and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

The attraction at Kearny is a small community park with a reasonable sized lake (Kearny Lake) that has attracted some surprising vagrant birds. I saw my second AZ Red-necked Grebe here one winter. And I had a very memorable encounter with a bobcat here as well.

Water birds are the primary draw at Kearny, and if you really need to see a Common Moorhen they are hard to miss by the modest boat launch. There might not be a lot of variety on any visit, but chances are there’ll be something of interest.

I also take advantage of the small land birds here as well like the Ruby-crowned Kinglet above, photographed on January 9, 2011. This tiny dynamo treated me to a glimpse of the ruby crown when it challenged a Say’s Phoebe nearby. Taken with a Nikon D200, 300/2.8 AF-S lens with TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/750th second at f/11. Another small bird that can be cooperative at Kearny is the Black-throated Sparrow – a desert specialty.

Kearny Cemetery Sign

Kearny Cemetery Sign

I did a little more exploring on my last visit and couldn’t resist a stop at the cemetery whose entrance is marked with the sign above (taken from the car with a Nikon D70 and 55-200mm lens at 105mm, ISO 400, 1/1600 second and f/7.1).

Not far beyond this marker I was shocked to encounter this display next to a decorated grave.

Kearny Cemetery Decoration

Kearny Cemetery Decoration

As I said, an interesting place. Taken from the car with a Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E, ISO 400, 1/125th second at f/9.

My final treat of the day was this Bald Eagle that I noticed sitting at the top of a large power line pole on the edge of town.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The light isn’t great, and the perch is definitely hand-of-man, but its not every day I get to photograph an eagle along a main road from the car window.

Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/500th second at f/11.


1 Comment »

  1. Now this is an eclectic blog post if I ever saw one. Love it, all of it!

    Comment by rondudley — January 20, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

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