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Rynfield Dam (26092821)


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Two dams, the smaller holding treated effluent from an adjacent sewage works; also some marshy areas along streams. A good variety of waterbirds occurs, including Great Crested Grebe, Goliath and Purple Herons, Little Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Black Crake and Wattled Plover, and good numbers of Purple Gallinule. Numbers of cormorants and Cattle Egret peak in summer, but Dabchick, Blackheaded Heron, Hadeda Ibis, Egyptian Goose, Moorhen, Redknobbed Coot and Greyheaded Gull are more numerous in winter. Exceptionally good counts of Reed Cormorant and Cattle Egret were recorded in summer 1997. A critical threat on the larger dam is jetski boating in the shallow headwaters, which were formerly excellent for waders but now rarely hold any birds; power boats keep to deep water at the lower end of the dam.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax911.0013  
1016Anas platyrhynchos22.002
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta22.806   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata27105.31332   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus735.69183   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus16.8918   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra12.505
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa15.4013   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.001   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor1010.0010   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus22.002   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata221.0061   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata19.3323   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.333   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.1419   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis1141.45967   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca310.0920   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis11.001   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus12.605   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis16.0011   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus312.3346   
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca11.402   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.502   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala522.5466   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath12.144   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.503   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.142   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides12.644   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus111.6429   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus19.1319   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash621.0967   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.001
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus23.007   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus216.0025   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus820.9238   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius22.002   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris36.0012   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma14.6014   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos44.004  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea44.505  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis44.505   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.007   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii24.0010   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis17.8016   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba12.005   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus23.506   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta38.5014   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis112.1730  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota24.9011   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis66.006   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha214.1055   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida315.3333   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus1949.0079   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis414.4645
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Wednesday 01 February 2023 10:27
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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