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Albert Falls Dam: Route 1 (29263024)


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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 starts at the boat club, moves south along the shore into the Game Park, and stops at the end of the game park at the gate. This section is done by vehicle.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta12.7811   
1016Anas platyrhynchos12.003
256Calidris pugnax126.1591  
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata28.4015   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus125.84105   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus124.74270  130
199Crake, AfricanCrecopsis egregia11.001
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.303
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea22.503   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum17.9333   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa19.3856   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa22.002   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos11.001
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor22.002   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2083.33300
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata19.7632   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata17.1924   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer15.0222
58Egret, GreatArdea alba13.0815   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.647   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.4337   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis133.89501   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus11.001   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser11.383
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca7151.19884   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis129.30377   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis15.4616   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.887   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.001   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.333
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.0315   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.635   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea16.0522   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.142   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus118.29131   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash114.4163   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus11.884  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.413
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus12.265
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis15.3418
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus11.502   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus450.31307   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus15.0012   
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus11.001   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.413
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus33.003   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula112.3348   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius136.29148   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris17.2418   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos13.2916  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.5026   
1342Shelduck, CommonTadorna tadorna22.002
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana12.206   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii24.257   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.001   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba15.6919   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus13.406  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta14.8010   
79Stork, BlackCiconia nigra11.001   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia55.005   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus14.7318   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha19.4442   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.001   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida11.001   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus12.004   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A244.57100
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.047
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis231.68105
690Wagtail, GreyMotacilla cinerea1111.0011
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FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
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