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Lake Banagher: West (26203021)


Authority Barberton Bird Club
Management status PRIVATE FARM
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
IBA information SA019 - CHRISSIE PANS
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A 20 ha sedge pan; open water with dense submergents; dense fringing emergent Schoenoplectus sedges, with other sedges and Leersia grass on the waterlogged shore. Counts were made in February 1992, and from winter 1996 to winter 1997. These show small to good numbers of a reasonable variety of species. Counts of Southern Pochard are good in both seasons; numbers of all other waterfowl have peaked in winter (note the good count of Whitebacked Duck), when Dabchick and Redknobbed Coot are also more numerous; Purple Gallinule is recorded only in winter. Earlier counts (D.G. Allan) recorded 650-1400+ birds of 42 species, including 13 Great Crested Grebe, 31 Whitebacked Duck, 600 Red-knobbed Coot (breeding) and 20 Ethiopian Snipe (August 1985), 107 Dabchick, 350 Southern Pochard and 332 Redknobbed Coot (February 1986), and 31 Cape Teal, 49 Blackwinged Stilt, c. 1000 Ruff and many other shorebirds (September 1986). Threats include severe damage to vegetation by cattle, water abstraction, introduction of alien fish, and waterfowl hunting; there are some alien plantations in the catchment.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax5050.0050  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta24.507   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata4199.681068   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus17.0034   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus13.4315   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum118.0035   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos1111.0011
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor77.508   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa812.3320   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus119.7071   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata120.67162   
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.673   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.332   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.332   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis16.6018   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus517.3334   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor55.005   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca124.20112   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis110.7599   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus59.7818   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis128.75103   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.001   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus14.009   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax35.007   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.713   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.739   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides33.003   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus13.8311   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus18.6727   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash15.3010   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.001
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus16.7626   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.003   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius24.005   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.258   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma125.57100   
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola12.334   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana22.002   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii19.8747   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis16.2520   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba25.2215   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus28.4429   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1111.0011   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis22.002   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis22.002  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota27.7517   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha27.0039   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida419.4034   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus8118.00312   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A100100.00100
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis122.25116
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Tuesday 07 February 2023 11:56
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
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