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Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary (34061849)

Western Cape

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Six ponds of an old sewage works, formerly with open water, fringing reed cover, and shorelines for waders. Reed Cormorant occurs in good numbers and breeds; good counts of Yellowbilled Duck, this and Redbilled Teal being most numerous in summer. More Cape Shoveller recorded than at nearby Paardevlei Dam. Well managed previously, attracting a variety of waterbirds and shorebirds. By 1998, 75% of open water covered by vegetation; no summer shorebirds, and fewer coot, which no longer breed. Total counts and number of species declining, summer and winter. Severe threats include encroachment of reeds, alien grass and waterplants, and lack of proper management by Somerset West Municipality in the last four years.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
1016Anas platyrhynchos12.253
72Scopus umbretta11.001   
10015Anas hybrid11.001
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata38.4220   
49Cormorant, BankPhalacrocorax neglectus11.001   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis11.001   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus145.14150   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus11.502   
203Crake, BlackZapornia flavirostra11.332
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.3814   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.5610   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos12.297
10005Duck, HybridAnas hybrid12.003
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus25.509   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata326.2796   
60Egret, IntermediateArdea intermedia11.676   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.332   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis12.006   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca13.9018   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis12.008   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis13.439   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii11.502   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus14.0021   
69Heron, Black-crowned NightNycticorax nycticorax13.9611   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.676   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.8311   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.504   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus17.3730   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus11.001   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash12.368   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maxima11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.001
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus15.2617   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus14.5813   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.336   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma11.332   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001-1
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.502   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii14.8314   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis12.174   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba12.506   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.673  
884Swan, MuteCygnus olor11.001
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis33.003   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha14.0817   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis12.5610
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Wednesday 06 December 2023 08:32
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
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