I spent a couple of days with Mama Costa here before I started shooting a couple of pictures. Some times I would just leave my gear near the nest so she would be used to it. Not once did she leave the nest. Since I was not working in a blind I would only stay for very brief periods. Although the bird may not flush, there is always the chance that although she would stay, the pressure would build up and she would flee. So I did the fussy camera setup when I knew she was off the nest and took a couple of brief shots and got out leaving the gear until she was off the nest. Then I would retrieve the gear.
Another spot I saw was being favored by a female Costa’s. After a couple of days the curiosity just got the better of me. I waited until I saw her go out to feed and poked around and found her nest.
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