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Rietvlei Wetland Reserve: Channel (33501831)

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 platyrhynchos22.002
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta2424.0024   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata118.50100   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus14.2012   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus11.754   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa12.506   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos12.003
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1010.0010
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata210.1745   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia13.7118   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.602   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis110.0019   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1616.0016   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca211.1044   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis11.001   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii111.1746   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus11.001   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.006   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.334   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.803   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus214.0026   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus16.0015   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash11.001   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus55.005
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.805
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus26.0616   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.097   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus11.001   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.003   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma1717.0017   
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea11.001  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis11.001   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii210.0032   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.001   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus29.7523   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis215.0028   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha12.758   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.005
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Monday 06 February 2023 05:18
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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