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Rietvlei Wetland Reserve: Dolphin Beach (33501828)

Western Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED IRREGULARLY
Authority City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Branch & Private
Management status TOWN COUNCIL PROPERTY
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA111 - RIETVLEI WETLAND RESERVE
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
2002-07-19
Brief_description
An IBA. Natural pan and excavated vleis; water levels very variable; much emergent sedge plus mud and sand. Also sewage ponds with Phragmites and Typha. Bird numbers high; globally significant numbers of Cape Shoveller (highest 1995-96), Kelp Gull (1994 and 1995 winters) and Hartlaub's Gull; nationally significant numbers of African Spoonbill, Yellowbilled Duck (winter 1995), African Black Oystercatcher, and Avocet (summer 1993). Highest counts of grebes, pelicans, cormorants, Darter, Redknobbed Coot and Kelp Gull in winter; of geese, Hartlaub's Gull and Cape Wagtail in summer, when shorebird counts also high. Little Bittern resident; African Rail, Baillon's Crake and Painted Snipe occur. Threats include spread of alien vegetation, especially Paspalum vaginatum, siltation, eutrophication and urbanisation.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
1016Anas platyrhynchos11.834
10015Anas hybrid22.503
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1616.0016   
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata481.59191   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus12.003   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus14.7217   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus11.433   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa12.097   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos12.005
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A12.335
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus27.0027   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata126.32182   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia12.003   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.001   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis11.001   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca13.5210   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis170.00251   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis11.001   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.672   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis17.4822   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.001   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii382.69200 125 
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus16.3645   
10010Gull, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.332   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.605   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.916   
10011Heron, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus11.202   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus12.917   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash11.753   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.675
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus19.9235   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus214.7356   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus59.0013   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris23.407   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.672   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii221.2974   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.001   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.332   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus15.1318   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2727.0027   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis13.858  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis11.502   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha12.675   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo11.001   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii11.001   
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis11.001   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A33.003
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus11.001   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis14.9212
689Wagtail, Western YellowMotacilla flava11.001
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Monday 06 February 2023 05:21
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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