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Zandvlei: Marina Da Gama (34061829)

Western Cape

Authority City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Branch & Private
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
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An open estuary, with some reedbeds and other emergent vegetation. Holds a good variety of birds, including Purple Heron, Little Bittern and Purple Gallinule. Cormorant counts peak in winter; numbers of Darter, Cape Teal, Redknobbed Coot, Blackwinged Stilt and Hartlaub's Gull show no definite seasonal peak. There were unusually large counts of Blacksmith Plover in summer 1993, of Cape Shoveller in the 1994-1996 summers, of Sacred Ibis in summer 1994, and of Egyptian Goose in winter 1997. Numbers of Darter show some overall increase but Cape Teal appear to be declining. Severe threats are posed by invasive alien plants (Paspalum grass and Eichhornia); important threats include eutrophication, and pollution by solid waste. Hunting, fishing, domestic dogs and cats, and residential development, are also problems. Mallard and Domesticated duck including various hybrids pose a serious hybridization threat. This site consists of channels and canals within the marina.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
1016Anas platyrhynchos324.2758
10015Anas hybrid1278.57155
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata69293.72566   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis114.2992   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus1125.6061   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus14.8012   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa315.3635   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos930.7876
10005Duck, HybridAnas hybrid5050.0050
1017Duck, MandarinAix galericulata11.001
10003Duck, MuscovyCairina moschata11.673
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata15.9627   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia14.006   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.699   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis33.003   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser211.1037
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca63151.80497   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis11.001   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus640.46765025 
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis128.29101   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus22.002   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii17.9022   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus12.877   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.673   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.332   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath55.005   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.783   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.502   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus11.573   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.156   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.863
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis15.1712
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus16.8359   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus12.556   
211Moorhen, LesserParagallinula angulata11.001
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.001
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus11.001   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris11.001   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma77.007   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii12.757   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis22.866   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha22.002   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia11.504   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo14.308   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus23.506   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis211.2655
688Wagtail, MountainMotacilla clara22.002
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Wednesday 06 December 2023 08:08
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