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Welbedacht Dam (29522653)

Free State

Authority Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status PROTECTED
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Large dam with reeds, and sometimes good shorebird habitat. Globally significant count of Yellowbilled Duck made in winter 1995 (hence high total count and biomass for that survey), when Redbilled Teal and Cape Shoveller were also present in large numbers. Nationally significant numbers of African Spoonbill and South African Shelduck recorded. Some good counts of Palearctic shorebirds in summer 1994 and 1997; Avocet numbers are sometimes high in winter and summer. Numbers of herons, egrets and ibises higher in summer; Dabchick and most waterfowl more numerous in winter (exceptions being Egyptian Goose and South African Shelduck). Siltation is a severe threat, and the consequent invasion by reeds and willows Salix babylonica is an important threat.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
72Scopus umbretta11.502   
256Calidris pugnax148.08169  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta126.70158 125 
66Bittern, DwarfIxobrychus sturmii55.005   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata150.11666   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus114.00149   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus163.27291  130
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum33.003   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa16.9633   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa110.2040   
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor55.005   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa77.007   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus25.678   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata110.4019   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata10418.98482217008501000
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.968
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.001   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.506   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis8102.101052   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca8210.911063   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis153.39393   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis115.83154   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.0011   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus33.003   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.3820   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath13.6218   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea14.7837   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.252   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.4027   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus14.6712   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash14.3216   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.752
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.292
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.005
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus19.4246   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus13.2610   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius310.6021   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.0064   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma118.3381   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens12.003-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos13.0013  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea3350.471018  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis11.503   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana243.51269 210 
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii114.83140   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis18.0024   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba115.65147 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus26.8025   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta236.60150   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis111.6028   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis12.919  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota55.005   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis22.002   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha127.38239   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia14.5018   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida78.009   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus139.20166   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A5954.202370
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp23.505
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis110.11104
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus11.001   
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Saturday 09 December 2023 08:29
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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