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Voelvlei (Bredasdorp) (34401952)

Western Cape

Authority Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area
Management status PRIVATE LAND
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
IBA information
Ramsar information No
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Voelvlei is located approximately 21 km south west of Bredasdorp. Take the right R43 turn off from the R319 once exiting Bredasdorp south. In 19km tar road will en in a "T", head east toward the dirt road for 1 km and then take the south turn off (right). Travel 1km south and the mot northern tip of the vlei can be seen from the road. Access by land owners permission only. Although the Voelvlei system usually drains into the Nuwejaars River, during periods of flooding the opposite occurs and the river's waters fill Voelvlei. Then, as the flowing subsides, the flow reverts to its normal direction. The Nuwejaars River empties into Zoetendalsvlei and when this system is full it overflows into the Heuningnes River, which in turn feeds the Heuningnes Estuary. The entire catchment area is relatively small at 1 401 km2. The estuary drains the flat, low coastal plain on the Zoetendals Valley (Birdlife SA_IBA_2016)

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1396.43168 125
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata213.2030   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus215.4032   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo228.63118   
216Crane, BlueAnthropoides paradiseus26.0010   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa16.1836   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa33.003   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A200850.001500
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata1010.0010   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata266.25227   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis110.5031   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta33.003   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer12.507
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber2171.43400   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor224.2058   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus5584.082823 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis2122.00636   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis1010.0010   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus920.5032 25 
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis27.5019   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia19.6725   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus22.002   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sLarus hartlaubii55.005   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus14.0010   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala22.253   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.428   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus14.8812   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus163.33156   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash15.0015   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.003
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus119.92104   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.142
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus141.4090   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus128128.00128  110
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula1546.1788   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola15.009   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius260.93218   
1039Plover, Pacific GoldenPluvialis fulva1818.0018
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris119.44108   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus11.001   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma1013.0016   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens22.002
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus77.007
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax111.8034  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea231.1487  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.334   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana2365.111464420210500
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii153.00158   
93Shoveler, NorthernAnas clypeata2929.0029
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis111.6725   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba127.43142 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus1164.10145  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2681078.633986   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis129.78101   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha347.70102   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida87102.50118 75100
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus11.752   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres379379.00379350175 
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A200900.002000
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis115.2979
688Wagtail, MountainMotacilla clara2424.0024
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Wednesday 21 April 2021 01:38
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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