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Kalkfontein Dam (29322515)

Free State

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA050 - KALKFONTEIN DAM NATURE RESERVE
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1992-01-30
Brief_description
An IBA. Large, permanent waterbody in an area of seasonal pans and hardly any watercourses; regularly holds 10 000+ waterbirds. Exceptional count of 18 355 birds in summer 1995, when globally significant counts of Redknobbed Coot (7666) and Yellowbilled Stork (191) were made, and peak numbers of African Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Cape Teal, Cape Shoveller, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint and Ruff were present. Nationally significant summer counts of Caspian and White- winged Terns; good numbers of Goliath Heron all year. Substantial numbers of shorebirds in summer, and of African plovers and Blackwinged Stilt in winter; high count of Curlew Sandpiper in July 1994; Chestnutbanded Plover also occurs. Over-utilization of water an important threat; mild threats are eutrophication, agrochemical pollution, fishing and boating.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
1016Anas platyrhynchos11.001
256Calidris pugnax1254.832038  
72Scopus umbretta11.502   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta117.45174 125 
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata52464.47139155000250010000
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus275.20516   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus3240.721263  130
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea14.2917   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.001   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa245.14131   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.944   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa22.503   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A88.008
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.001   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata115.8655   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata4175.78746   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer15.5519
58Egret, GreatArdea alba13.509   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia14.2511   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.7121   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis140.69184   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus195.92535   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor1123.23611  600
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca2201148.283043 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis190.93588   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis28.7929   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus127.151935025100
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis193.60339 250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.6518   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus5105.33337   
899Gull, Lesser Black-backedLarus fuscus11.001
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.408   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath219.3938   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea733.5972   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus17.3934   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus15.2020   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash14.8515   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.443
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus1582.98305   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.334
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus13.8311   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula16.6317   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius185.50756 500 
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris19.0364   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma217.5446   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos18.5560  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea1208.933101  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis18.5571   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.895   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana31504.412721420210500
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii171.69274 175 
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.001   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba133.3619115075 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus159.45302   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1419.071751   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis114.9145   
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota22.002   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis257.50293   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha134.32223   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia176.482731356820
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A288288.00288
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida242.881571507585
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus1295.461806 1000 
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A93643.141425
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp15.2121
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis150.80373
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Saturday 04 February 2023 06:29
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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