Least Grebe

The series of ponds at Reserva Las Brisas near La Alegría de Siquirres in Limón Province is a great spot for close observation of the resident Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus), the smallest grebe species in the Americas. In Costa Rica it is the smallest swimming water-bird. It is found from southern Texas to Argentina but Cornell University notes that it is little studied because of its secretive habits.

Grebe, Least, adult, Reserva Las Brisas (1)

Adult Least Grebe with its yellow eye. Photo by John Beer

We found as many as 5 individuals, one of which was this immature bird with its striped cheek, a feature not shown in Garrigues and Dean‘s standard Costa Rican field guide, The Birds of Costa Rica:

Grebe, Least, immature, Reserva Las Brisas (1)

This young Least Grebe was accompanied by one adult. Photo by John Beer

A final beautiful image of an adult bird:

Grebe, Least3 Las Brisas

Small but very beautiful, the Least Grebe, courtesy of John Beer

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