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Strandfontein Sewage Works: Southwest (34061831)

Western Cape

Authority Cape Bird Club & City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management Branch
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Regarded as one of the top ten coastal sites for waterbirds in the country. A sewage works on the Cape Flats; important foraging area for birds breeding and roosting at nearby Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary. There is an excellent diversity of waterbird species (72), with globally signi-ficant counts of seven species and nationally significant counts of a further three. Good numbers of Palearctic and African waders and terns occur in summer. High summer counts of Grey and Purple Herons, and winter counts of White Pelican, are also noteworthy. Most waterfowl are more numerous in summer, except for South African Shelduck and Southern Pochard. Habitat loss and disturbance will occur if a proposed ring road is built adjacent to sewage works. This site compromises ponds M1 + M2 + T1 + T2 + S1 + S2 + S3. Pond S3 is occasionally covered with Water Hyacinth.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax18.4633  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta177.591095250125190
1027Booby, Red-footedSula sula1010.0010
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata250.24151   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis15.7028   
51Cormorant, CrownedMicrocarbo coronatus11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus15.2858   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus129.51294  130
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.001
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa11.938   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa11.502   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos12.504
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor1515.0015   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa14.0024   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A221.6760
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus12.335   
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata14.3115   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata140.18413   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.403   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.9727   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis135.01445   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1292.5016201250625750
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor29.2516   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca161.37886   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis168.21654   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis114.1373   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.323   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis121.27210   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.1314   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus11.545   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii2146.071322250125300
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus2144.092118300150700
10010Gull, UnidentifiedN/A N/A33.003
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.406
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax11.867   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.6111   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea14.0317   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.413   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides4949.0049   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus1158.851093 1000 
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus112.79164   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash15.2660   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.076
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus22.002   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus110.6596   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus18.1630   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini15.7027 24 
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus120.82150   
272Phalarope, Red-neckedPhalaropus lobatus11.001
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula117.2575   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola25.509   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.003   
1039Plover, Pacific GoldenPluvialis fulva11.001
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.9318   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus13.005   
1332Pochard, Red-crestedNetta rufina44.004
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma130.32201   
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni15001500.00150010050 
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos23.004  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea14.208  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis11.001   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.502   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana16.7539   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii187.01585350175350
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.673   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba12.5610   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus147.24208   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1111.201000   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia22.002  1
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis12.3724  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota13.6020   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis129.48225   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha124.56188   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia12.387   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo154.64500   
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii119.26280 250200
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis116.0060   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A3030.0030
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida2626.0026   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus185.57320   
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp11.001
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis16.0934
689Wagtail, Western YellowMotacilla flava22.002
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Monday 06 February 2023 05:02
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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