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Rocherpan (32361818)

Western Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority CapeNature
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
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Date_registered
1992-01-14
Brief_description
A nature reserve. Seasonal saline vlei, usually dry March-June; open water and open shoreline, with little palustrine wetland habitat; largest numbers of foraging waterbirds occur when water level falling. Important breeding and moulting site for Cape Shoveller (globally significant numbers); important for breeding Great Crested Grebe (globally significant winter count in 1994) and Dabchick; Sacred Ibis, many waterfowl, Kittlitz's and Blacksmith Plovers, Moorhen, Redknobbed Coot and Hartlaub's Gull breed commonly. In summer, good numbers of Whitebreasted Cormorant, Greater Flamingo (in 1993), many waterfowl, and Palearctic shorebirds; high winter count of Swift Tern and Whitewinged Tern in 1995. Severe threats are pollution by fertilizers and encroachment by emergent plants; other threats include siltation, alien plant infestation in the catchment, and grazing.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
256Calidris pugnax263.38215  
10015Anas hybrid22.002
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta160.82145 125 
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata4377.951811   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus19.2545   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus1106.54699  130
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea11.001   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa15.9015   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata33.003   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata149.00215   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.001
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.865   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1130.59749 625 
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor163.45239   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca121.51217   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis140.28547   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis129.25135 125 
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus112.181025025100
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis122.4285   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia14.4715   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.603   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii196.53571250125300
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus167.93341300150 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.402
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax12.254   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.332   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea14.0011   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus141.86402   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus123.8993   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash11.502   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus118.2577   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus16.1918   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini110.4643 24 
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis22.002   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus313.0030   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula15.9319   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius158.23303   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.887   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus25.8116   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma14.1322   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos22.002  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea2225.231090  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis122.71120   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola13.5615   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana230.26194   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii8179.91628350175350
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.672   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba16.9425   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus127.74136   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2199.10403   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.001  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis117.56183   
1274Teal, EurasianAnas crecca480480.00480
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha134.37232   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia14.4417   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo1515.0015   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii1133.86508500250200
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis19.5023   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus249.62314   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A46361.67981
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis118.7535
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Monday 30 January 2023 09:40
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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