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Midmar Dam: Reserve Section (29313011)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife & Private
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA076 - MIDMAR NATURE RESERVE
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Date_registered
1993-01-23
Brief_description
An IBA. A large water supply dam with open, rather barren and fairly steep shoreline of earth/stones with adjacent grass; marshy patch at one inlet stream, and a little foraging habitat for waders. All three crane species breed. Largest counts of cormorants and Grey Heron in winter 1994, and of Cattle Egret and Sacred Ibis in summer 1994; high biomass totals in summer 1993, and winter 1996 and 1997, due to large counts of Spurwinged and Egyptian Geese. Blacksmith Plover numbers highest in summers of 1993 and 1995; summer 1993 also had highest counts of Little Stint and Ruff. Notable decline in number of species and total counts in recent summers. Used for boating and recreation; the only recorded threat is a proposed raising of the dam wall.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
10015Anas hybrid66.006
72Scopus umbretta12.115   
256Calidris pugnax528.5080  
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1115.49868   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis108108.00108   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus111.9048   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus17.7954   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.834
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea112.1831   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum18.7030   
215Crane, WattledGrus carunculata13.005  2
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa17.1453   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa22.404   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor11.753   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos11.502   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A131.95100
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata15.5714   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata130.32199   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.067
58Egret, GreatArdea alba12.387   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.135   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.6117   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis127.97113   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus7474.0074   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa11.001
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser11.001
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca4171.27656   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis187.06535   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis110.3341   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia14.5017   
932Gull, Franklin'sLeucophaeus pipixcan7171.0071
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii2525.0025   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus1818.0018   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.976
170Harrier, Montagu'sCircus pygargus22.002
166Harrier, Western MarshCircus aeruginosus33.003
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala14.3230   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.392   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.3210   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.694   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus112.3468   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash113.97116   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus14.7017   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.715
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.066
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus15.4621   
243Lapwing, Black-wingedVanellus melanopterus2323.0023   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus224.08139   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.407   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.383
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.001
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini1111.0011   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus11.001   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola66.006   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius18.6234   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.7014   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus16.0011   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma46.008   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.7112  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea495.50187  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis55.005   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.0017   
1342Shelduck, CommonTadorna tadorna44.004
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana16.6827   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii13.6712   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis15.009   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba14.1313   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus13.606   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta490.60333   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis3030.0030   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.753  
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus11.001
884Swan, MuteCygnus olor11.001
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota33.003   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha16.6928   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.001   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo8484.0084   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii11.001   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres11.001   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A129.0050
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.504
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis17.9545
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus1313.0013   
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Wednesday 28 February 2024 01:29
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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