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Pongolapoort Dam (27253158)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA055 - PONGOLAPOORT NATURE RESERVE
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Date_registered
1992-02-01
Brief_description
In Pongolapoort Nature Reserve IBA. Large dam on Pongola River; deep water; steep shoreline. When water level was low, had a muddy/rocky shore, so more shorebird habitat; dam now full and shoreline flooded grass and trees, making visibility poor for counts - this may be responsible for recent decline in count totals (D. Johnson). Wide winter and/or summer fluctuations in numbers of some species; no consistent pattern. Whitebreasted Cormorant and Yellowbilled Stork have bred. Numbers of cormorant, ibis and most waterfowl peak in winter; most egrets, Fulvous Duck and Egyptian Goose commoner in summer. Good numbers of Blackheaded Heron and Blackwinged Stilt in winter. High biomass in winter 1995 due to Spurwinged Goose numbers. Threats are eutrophication from fertilizer runoff, and periodic dense growths of blue-green algae.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
72Scopus umbretta11.453   
256Calidris pugnax113.1762  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta210.5019  
71Bittern, EurasianBotaurus stellaris11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata116.22133   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus195.03540   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus162.38292  130
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra15.4425
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa126.48186   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.502   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor263.67278   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos11.502   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A22.503
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus44.004   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata1793.833526   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata211.3038   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer26.5714
58Egret, GreatArdea alba121.8893   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia123.75172   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta111.6236   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis2284.211582   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus464.00153   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor12.003   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser11.001
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca4259.181273   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1175.071424  750
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis15.0016   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia110.8732   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.502   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus12.295
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca11.202   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.672  
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala126.71155   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath27.0518   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea116.6758   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea16.5029   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides12.7713   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata13.5332   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus144.41308   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus152.26512 500 
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash118.2257   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus149.00349  
229Jacana, LesserMicroparra capensis14.508  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.202
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus13.6110
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis16.8435
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus112.0364   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus173.15214   
246Lapwing, White-crownedVanellus albiceps33.003   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.434   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata11.001
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus1206.0010981000500 
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus12.007
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens15.5010   
240Plover, CaspianCharadrius asiaticus11.001   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula115.8352   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius316.4754   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris15.0015   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma14.508   
281Pratincole, CollaredGlareola pratincola14.2914   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos18.1437  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea11.001  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis14.0014   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola111.0646   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii116.8640   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis22.002   
249Snipe, GreatGallinago media11.001   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba119.9393 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus171.00375  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta218.8042   
79Stork, BlackCiconia nigra11.001   
73Stork, MarabouLeptoptilos crumenifer119.5060   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia132.4064   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus14.3825   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis19.1742   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.001  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota212.2025   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis66.006   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha476.20349   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.753   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida11.001   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus11.001   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus19.9036   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A19.5870
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp13.6712
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis13.9218
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Saturday 23 October 2021 05:04
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