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Cape Vidal to Sodwana Bay (27523236)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA058 - LAKE ST LUCIA & MKUZE SWAMPS
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1995-01-20
Brief_description
About 68 kms of sandy beach from Sodwana Bay south to Cape Vidal. Three counts are available, two features of these being of particular interest. The relative abundance of Whitefronted Plover in summer may reflect either summer movement to the coast by inland populations (race mechowi) from tropical rivers during flooding, or winter local movement of birds away from exposed open coastline. The winter abundance of Greyheaded Gull, a species which normally breeds in winter and spring, may represent non-breeders, possibly immatures, from the nearest breeding colony, at Lake St Lucia. Disturbance from vehicles is an important threat on such beaches, with other recreational activities having a variable impact, while mild threats are posed by occasional oil pollution and by solid waste materials, including fishing lines.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
255Calidris alba473.66276   
72Scopus umbretta33.003   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis23.505   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus11.001   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum22.002   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer13.6013
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.3310   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis13.336   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor11.001   
44Gannet, CapeMorus capensis13.8217
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca22.002   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.503   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus150.45225   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus12.806   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash26.0015   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis66.006
254Knot, RedCalidris canutus2323.0023   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini11.332  
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius33.003   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus50190.67367250125180
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
10012Seabird, UnidentifiedN/A N/A33.003
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba77.007   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia14.1214   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo14.1021   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii113.0057   
297Tern, Lesser CrestedThalasseus bengalensis11.001   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons116.3346   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A115.3382
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres33.003   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A14.508
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp11.001
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis17.5919
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus11.502   
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Saturday 23 October 2021 05:10
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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