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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 avosetta113.1451   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata14.9722   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis29.0022   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus111.0755   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus110.97155  130
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea25.6711   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa111.05115   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos22.002
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor11.001   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A27.0016
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata77.007   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata142.08247   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.005
58Egret, GreatArdea alba11.333   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia15.7030   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta15.1022   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis110.1433   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1106.43621   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor138.0084   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser2628.6730
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca132.70402   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis124.36299   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis12.407   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.8319   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.001   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii19.75129 125 
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus15.86104   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.679
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.001
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax15.7115   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.293   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.523   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.885   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides22.002   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus121.92230   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus18.9327   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.1410   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.172
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.979
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus111.3044   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.207   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.252
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 pecuarius111.3841   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.9511   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus14.508   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.673  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea119.50114  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.004   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola14.1120   
1342Shelduck, CommonTadorna tadorna1919.0019
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana219.38125   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii120.5655   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis12.605   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba112.06144 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus327.89149   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta143.94286   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.363  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis123.12168   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha112.0548   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia13.9143  20
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo16.5030   
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 capensis16.8048
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus11.001   
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Monday 30 January 2023 10:24
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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