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Berg River 8: Kruispad Floodplain (32521815)

Western Cape

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Management status PRIVATE FARM
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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An IBA. The lower reaches and mouth of the Berg River, incorporating the open estuary, mudflats and lagoon, various saltpans, permanent marshes and riparian reedbeds, floodplains at Kruispad, Langrietvlei and Kersfontein, the Kliphoek River, and Doornfontein pan. A very important wetland system, with large concentrations of many waterbird species in summer and winter, with globally significant numbers of seven species, nationally significant numbers of six more, and large counts of White Pelican, cormorants, ibises, waterfowl, Blacksmith Plover, Avocet and terns. Saltpans are being enlarged at the expense of mud flats and reedbeds (Kliphoek). Other important threats include boating, water- skiing, dam construction (Kliphoek River), and gill net fishing; there is some pollution and hunting. The Kruispad section comprises river shoreline as well as seasonal floodplains. The section is surveyed on foot.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax218.8874  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta112.6351   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata15.4623   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis29.0022   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus110.8555   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus110.46155  130
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea27.0011   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa110.64115   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos22.002
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor11.001   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A27.0016
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata24.507   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata140.49247   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.965
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.333   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia15.7030   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta04.9122   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis19.5333   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1104.63621   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor142.5784   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser2628.6730
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca132.10402   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis124.18299   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis12.407   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia15.1533   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.001   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii19.77129 125 
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus15.78104   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.669
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.001
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax15.7115   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.293   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.503   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.855   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides22.002   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus120.93230   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus18.5027   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.1310   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.172
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis13.009
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus111.8744   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.207   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.402
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis11.001   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus15.8551   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus2323.0023   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula12.504   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola22.002   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius111.3541   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.8611   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus14.508   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.673  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea119.67114  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis11.834   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.1120   
1342Shelduck, CommonTadorna tadorna1919.0019
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana219.15125   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii120.3655   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis12.605   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba112.06144 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus327.53149   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta141.61286   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.363  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis122.59168   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha112.0548   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia13.8343  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo16.0930   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii12.608   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons22.002   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis12.004   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus13.506   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus12.003   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A33.504
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis16.6748
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus11.001   
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Saturday 02 December 2023 07:39
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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