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Vaalkop Dam (25202728)

North West

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status LOCAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA025 - MAGALIESBERG & WITWATERSBERG
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Date_registered
1993-07-25
Brief_description
A dam on the Elands River, partly within Vaalkops Nature Reserve; it has some fringing reedbeds, and several islands. Holds a good variety of waterbirds, but small numbers of most waterfowl and shorebirds. A nationally significant count of Great Crested Grebe was recorded in winter 1995. Numbers of grebes, cormorants, herons, African Spoonbill, Whitefaced Duck, and Egyptian and Spurwinged Geese, are higher in winter and the biomass graph reflects the concentration of these large waterbirds in this season. The high total count in winter 1997 reflects the presence of 895 Redknobbed Coot. Blacksmith Plover is fairly common all year, and Black Crake and Purple Gallinule are recorded. Low flying by microlight aircraft is a serious threat; boating, and pollution with anglers' waste, are also problems.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
256Calidris pugnax138.79476  
72Scopus umbretta14.0932   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta18.4029   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus12.404   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1554.953667 2500 
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus3257.001901   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus2327.431793  130
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra17.3140
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa291.84379 250 
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.565   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos11.001
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor25.6713   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos167.05482   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa33.003   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A16.0011
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.753   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata1135.391845   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata133.88208   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer19.0527
58Egret, GreatArdea alba116.9387   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia19.1884   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta132.00494   
982Egret, SlatyEgretta vinaceigula11.001   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis1209.791050   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus112.3025   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor14.5015   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa22.002
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa44.004 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca1262.331024   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis162.98384   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus121.481065025100
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis1113.00503500250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia15.0933   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus130.47125   
10010Gull, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca115.80161   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax13.7530   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala18.1966   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath14.8821   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea436.46170   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea13.6510   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides18.1139   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata14.5420   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus121.33111   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus15.7127   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash15.4220   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus126.03184   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.613
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus15.6731
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis129.7192
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus14.7527   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus1072.63323   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus17.1427   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.142
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis11.001   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula22.503   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius121.48181   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris118.15104   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma19.8636   
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni37579.00120010050 
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos14.1718  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea15.2915  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis17.1323   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola16.3833   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana12.204   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii15.7024   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis13.117   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba149.9431415075 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus118.9390   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta126.45118   
73Stork, MarabouLeptoptilos crumenifer18.2028   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis111.2752   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.503  
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus11.001
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota15.1713   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis23.308   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha133.09186   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia114.0037  20
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A777.20129
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida227.001901507585
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus3269.031126 1000 
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus12.908   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A120.92102
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp13.179
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis19.3839
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Saturday 04 February 2023 04:55
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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