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Edith Stephens Wetland Park: Retention Pond (34011831)

Western Cape

Authority City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Branch
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
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A small retention dam in the Philippi area. The dam is situated in the Edith Stephens Wetland Park. The site supports various waterbird species including White-backed Duck. Two islands serve as communal roost sites for Sacred Ibis, White-breasted Cormorant, African Darter, etc. Water entering the system has a high nutrient load and as a result Water Hyacinth poses a major problem at this site. Overhaed transmission lines have been tagged with bird flappers.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus11.001   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata2179.19378   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus216.5094   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus117.8177   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa115.4754   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos11.001
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor11.252   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus18.1624   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata110.8142   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata113.0662   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.001
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.766   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.785   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis1218.771000   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca14.5321   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis12.003   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.933   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis114.1429   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii12.396   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus11.363   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax12.6812   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.502   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.353   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.383   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus133.14321   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus12.7217   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash11.965   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.402
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus27.8352   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus148.79143   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus44.004   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris11.001   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma13.407   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii114.7665   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.753   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus22.673   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.804  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis22.002   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha13.3213   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus11.001   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus33.003   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis13.9515
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Saturday 09 December 2023 07:39
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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