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Watermead Dam (29502935)


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Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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A large farm dam; inlet has some good Phragmites/Typha beds and variably extensive sedges and flooded grass, depending on water level. Supports generally small numbers of a good variety of waterbirds; summer 1993 numbers particularly high, with maximum counts of Dabchick, Whitebacked and Yellowbilled Ducks, Cape Shoveller, Southern Pochard, Moorhen, Redknobbed Coot and Ruff. Counts show downward trend in numbers of Yellow- billed Duck, Egyptian Goose and Blacksmith Plover, and an upward trend in Reed Cormorant. Total count and number of species also show some decline. High biomass in winter 1994 due to large count of Spurwinged Goose, plus good number of Yellowbilled Duck. Purple Gallinule resident in marshy areas, where Moorhen is common and Baillon's Crake has occurred. No threats have been identified.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta12.003   
256Calidris pugnax534.2594  
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus23.004   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata9266.691165   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus18.4429   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus13.3210   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.001
198Crake, CornCrex crex11.001 
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum14.8835   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.159   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.334   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.001   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus114.5652   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata17.0022   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata15130.93430   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.664
58Egret, GreatArdea alba44.505   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia14.0915   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.005   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis247.88180   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca139.66188   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis128.97158   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis549.98191   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia15.3312   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.001   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.082
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.332   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.954   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.5015   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus13.4515   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus12.003   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash15.0021   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus22.002   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima12.254
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.383
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.945
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus115.1253   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus123.5479   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.001
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius11.753   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.6724   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma113.89103   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.673-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.334  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.5325   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana15.1321   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii19.9639   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis14.0011   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.503   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus18.8222   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia15.0013  1
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.382  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota15.0016   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis11.001   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha16.3533   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia22.002   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida16.8840   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus11.001   
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp22.002
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis14.6017
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Wednesday 01 February 2023 11:53
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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