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Albert Falls Dam: Route 2 (29253024)


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Management status STATE IMPOUNDMENT
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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A large water supply dam with mostly open, rather barren shoreline of earth/stones, but some muddy areas with wet grass, and a little fringing reed/sedge cover, especially at inlets. White- breasted Cormorant breeds. Attracts a good variety of waterbirds. Water level very low 1992-93; largest counts of Dabchick, Egyptian and Spurwinged Geese, Crowned Crane, Kittlitz's Plover and Cape Wagtail recorded winter 1993. High count and biomass totals in winters of 1993-94 due to good numbers of cormorants, geese and cranes (largest counts of Whitebreasted Cormorant and Little Egret in winter 1994, plus 295 Spurwinged Geese). High count of Blacksmith Plover in summer 1997. Osprey and Wattled Plover regular; occasional good numbers of Marsh Owl recorded. Occasional fishing competitions on the dam cause mild disturbance. This section is done by boat from the dam wall in a northern direction all along the shore line, right around the dam up to the gate where the game park starts. This is the same point where section 1 ends.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax123.7563  
72Scopus umbretta13.4112   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus2191.792197   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus130.38247  130
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra14.2517
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum117.00104  80
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa321.6549   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.334   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor66.006   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus88.008   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata229.29236   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata224.91244   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer111.0859
58Egret, GreatArdea alba14.2717   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.338   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.3522   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis419.6961   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca20238.79947   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis132.41130   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis515.3840   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia16.0022   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
166Harrier, Western MarshCircus aeruginosus33.003
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax12.754   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.3814   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath14.0011   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea17.9546   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea22.253   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata13.336   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus27.4016   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash111.1639   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus17.6317   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima15.2211
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.332
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus18.1026
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis111.7133
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus248.87200   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus13.676   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus12.335
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula19.7523   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius16.1318   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris17.0518   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus214.0026   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos111.5230  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis15.3314   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.736   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana12.574   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii22.503   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba110.2550   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus414.2957   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta13.005   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia11.001  1
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus15.1417   
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus22.002
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota88.008   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha15.8025   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia22.002   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus11.001   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus13.9015   
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp211.9523
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis250.65153
690Wagtail, GreyMotacilla cinerea1414.0014
688Wagtail, MountainMotacilla clara22.002
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Friday 27 January 2023 02:48
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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