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One large and four small maturation ponds with short-grassed banks, some reedbeds, thick fringing vegetation, and trees which held a roost of Little Bittern, Greenbacked Heron, large herons, egrets, ibises, cormorants, etc. Formerly provided varied habitat for a wide range of waterbirds but habitat allowed to degenerate recently: ponds have not been cleaned and have become covered with invasive Salvinia molesta; most fish have probably died; thick fringing reeds and bush have been cleared, and roost trees were removed. A very sharp drop in the total count occurred after summer 1993; since then total counts and species numbers have continued to decline. Counts show a summer peak of cormorants, most waterfowl, and Moorhen and Red- knobbed Coot; African Jacana is resident and White Pelicans have occurred in summer. Small numbers of waders frequent the pond edges, shallow water and grassy banks. Lesser Jacana has been recorded. Two ponds have been cleared of Salvinia so conditions may improve.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax22.002  
72Scopus umbretta11.834   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.332   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata15.4011   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus13.3310   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus14.4012   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra13.255
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa22.002   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata310.2024   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata15.2719   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.202
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.502   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta33.003   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis11.001   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa22.002
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca13.2010   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis46.0010   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis12.256   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.005   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.001   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.003   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
63Heron, StriatedButorides striata12.004   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash26.0914   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus48.8315   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.332
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus22.002
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis44.004
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus12.575   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus24.4410   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus839.5071   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.715   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.503  
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola36.2013   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.001   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.803  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota117.5034   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha11.672   
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp13.508
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis36.5015
689Wagtail, Western YellowMotacilla flava11.001
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Saturday 09 December 2023 08:32
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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