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Lake Eteza (28213209)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA061 - LAKE ETEZA NATURE RESERVE
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1994-07-21
Brief_description
An IBA and nature reserve. Seasonal brackish lake fed by the Msunduzi River; has open water, and submerged, emergent, fringing and floating vegetation. Counts since summer 1995 small, presumably owing to low water levels (lake may dry out during droughts). Good count of 3298 in winter 1994 (more water and good habitat): high numbers of White Pelican, African Spoonbill (globally significant), Lesser Flamingo, waterfowl (notably Whitefaced and Fulvous Duck, and Spurwinged Goose), Avocet and Blackwinged Stilt, while 40 Greenshank also recorded. Bittern, Lesser Gallinule, Grass Owl and Natal Nightjar occur. Critical threats are siltation, and dredging/ erosion of outlet. Surrounded by sugar cane and gum tree plantation; water abstraction for cane is a threat, as is inflow of agricultural fertilisers.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
256Calidris pugnax19.0025  
72Scopus umbretta22.002   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta2626.0026  
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata175.56359   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus115.2469   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus14.0616   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.504
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa112.4756   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor1153.92842   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos213.0041   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A115.5085
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus162.36219 110180
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata2162.64778   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata230.60100   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.572
58Egret, GreatArdea alba15.6225   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.332   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.9014   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis117.2045   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus7777.0077   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor210210.00210   
92Goose, African PygmyNettapus auritus130.19320   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca154.12264   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1150.43821  750
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis214.94118   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia113.0040   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala19.2266   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath12.256   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.2510   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.567   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides12.7111   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.2245   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus210.5021   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash12.204   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus123.68167  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.312
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis13.148
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus24.509   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus111.78113   
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus2626.0026   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus2338.671700 900300
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens14.8924   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius1010.0010   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris11.001   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma1010.0010   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.003  
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii1521.5028   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba178.6450715075 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus279.29230  
75Stork, Saddle-billedEphippiorhynchus senegalensis11.001   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis128.2547   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis115.2114710050
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota15.4010   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha327.6056   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo614.2520   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons416.3337   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A246.40180
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida1128.2270   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus147.85177   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A274.67220
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis110.0019
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