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Voelvlei (Bredasdorp) (34401952)

Western Cape

Authority Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area
Management status PRIVATE LAND
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
IBA information
Ramsar information No
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Voelvlei is located approximately 21 km south west of Bredasdorp. Take the right R43 turn off from the R319 once exiting Bredasdorp south. In 19km tar road will en in a "T", head east toward the dirt road for 1 km and then take the south turn off (right). Travel 1km south and the mot northern tip of the vlei can be seen from the road. Access by land owners permission only. Although the Voelvlei system usually drains into the Nuwejaars River, during periods of flooding the opposite occurs and the river's waters fill Voelvlei. Then, as the flowing subsides, the flow reverts to its normal direction. The Nuwejaars River empties into Zoetendalsvlei and when this system is full it overflows into the Heuningnes River, which in turn feeds the Heuningnes Estuary. The entire catchment area is relatively small at 1 401 km2. The estuary drains the flat, low coastal plain on the Zoetendals Valley (Birdlife SA_IBA_2016)

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
256Calidris pugnax110.8334  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta11106.36275250125190
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata219.1355   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus210.6732   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus235.42118   
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea26.0010   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa17.0036   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa33.003   
10034Duck, Hyrbid Mallard/Yellow-billedAnas platyrhynchos x undulata44.004
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2438.001500
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata1010.0010   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata266.93227   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.387
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta22.503   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis132.67146   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus1150.13400   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor224.2058   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca5524.292823 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1126.79636   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis1010.0010   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus110.7532 25 
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis15.5019   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia19.7525   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus22.002   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii55.005   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus13.3810   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.504
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.003   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.139   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea12.674   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.4553   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus152.25156   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash18.8625   
397Kingfisher, MalachiteCorythornis cristatus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.004
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus119.81104   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.332   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus144.0090   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus128128.00128   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula1556.89118   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola15.009   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius252.06218   
1039Plover, Pacific GoldenPluvialis fulva1818.0018
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris114.54108   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus12.003   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma1013.0016   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens22.002-1
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus77.007
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea227.5087  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.254   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana2333.601464420210500
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii147.20158   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis118.8049   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba124.00142 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus1157.00145   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta381143.273986   
208Swamphen, AfricanPorphyrio madagascariensis11.001  
99Teal, Blue-billedSpatula hottentota66.006   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis125.36101   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha339.23102   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida87102.50118 7585
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus12.003   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres379379.00379350175 
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A5676.252000
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis115.7879
688Wagtail, MountainMotacilla clara2424.0024
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Friday 02 June 2023 03:05
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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