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Great Fish River Estuary (33292707)

Eastern Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
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Date_registered
1994-01-08
Brief_description
The estuary of the Great Fish River, with open shoreline and some short fringing vegetation. A good variety of waterbirds occurs, including African Black Oyster- catcher and 15 Palearctic shorebird species. Duck numbers average higher in winter, as do numbers of Whitefronted and Threebanded Plovers, and Blackwinged Stilt; numbers of Whitebreasted Cormorant and Egyptian Goose normally higher in summer. Good numbers of Common Tern occur erratically in summer. Sedimentation, and tourism and recreational activities, are important threats; pollution by fertilizers may also be a problem.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
256Calidris pugnax165.53320  
255Calidris alba834.41140   
72Scopus umbretta11.202   
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata11.001   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis12.605   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus12.9210   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus715.5430   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.001   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.197   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.254   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata5454.0054   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata237.04242   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.916
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.453   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis115.6370   
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica12.003   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca619.9373   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis14.6727   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis24.006   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia122.6367   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus12.434   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus317.5432   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.502
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.7313   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea16.4021   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus210.6223   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.929   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima33.003
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata22.002
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.102
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.798
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus213.2139   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
172Osprey, WesternPandion haliaetus11.001
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini25.0413   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus88.008   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula726.4043   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola15.0419   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.4310   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.6721   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus532.8683   
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus11.001
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos19.3732  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea17.3624  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis13.4514   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus15.6315 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.8324   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana120.8856   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii13.7510   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.827   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus227.9696   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1147.1885   
79Stork, BlackCiconia nigra22.002   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.001  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis22.002   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha19.7145   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.643   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo1265.441800  1800
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii18.4837   
299Tern, LittleSternula albifrons513.9253   
293Tern, RoseateSterna dougallii28.5015  8
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis241.92190   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus11.001   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres13.7111   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis18.2540
268Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus314.2937   
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Saturday 04 February 2023 05:27
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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