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Rietvlei Wetland Reserve: South Vlei (33521828)

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 platyrhynchos11.001
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1818.0018   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata332.5095   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus22.002   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis11.502   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus15.4419   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus528.65105   
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea22.002   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa17.6524   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.001   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos11.001
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1212.0012
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata14.6411   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.502
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia15.6723   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.502   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis12.004   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus2038.5057   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor127.5054   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca57461.001975 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis18.8830   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis13.007   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus47.7113   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis13.3812   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii113.5768   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus130.60193 150 
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.001
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.506   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.8411   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.502   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus15.4727   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus12.504   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash22.002   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.554
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus213.6754   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.405   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini11.502   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus133.53150   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma44.505   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos1313.0013  
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana33.504   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii216.3099   
93Shoveler, NorthernSpatula clypeata22.002
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba16.0028   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus13.009   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta292.00182   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia22.002  1
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.332  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis12.605   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha22.002   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.603   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo11.001   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii77.007   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus13.009   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2424.0024
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp3434.0034
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis111.6071
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Monday 06 February 2023 04:28
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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