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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 pugnax111.8034  
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta1185.75168 125 
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata212.6730   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus214.5032   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus226.89118   
216Crane, BlueGrus paradisea26.0010   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa15.7536   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa33.003   
10034Duck, Hyrbid Mallard/Yellow-billedAnas platyrhynchos x undulata44.004
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2567.331500
100Duck, White-faced WhistlingDendrocygna viduata1010.0010   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata266.25227   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer12.507
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta33.003   
61Egret, Western CattleBubulcus ibis110.0031   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus2171.43400   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor224.2058   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca5567.072823 1750 
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis1111.92636   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis1010.0010   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus114.0032 25 
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis27.5019   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia19.6725   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus22.002   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii55.005   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus13.8210   
167Harrier, African MarshCircus ranivorus11.132
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.003   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.428   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus15.1112   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus163.33156   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash16.1715   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.753
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus119.77104   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus141.4090   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus128128.00128   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula1546.1788   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola15.009   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius257.13218   
1039Plover, Pacific GoldenPluvialis fulva1818.0018
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris117.70108   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus11.001   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma1013.0016   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens22.002-1
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus77.007
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea231.1487  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis12.334   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana2365.111464420210500
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii149.18158   
93Shoveler, NorthernSpatula clypeata2929.0029
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis111.6725   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba124.13142 75 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus1164.10145   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2681078.633986   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis129.78101   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha344.18102   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida87102.50118 7585
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus11.752   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres379379.00379350175 
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A5676.252000
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis114.6079
688Wagtail, MountainMotacilla clara2424.0024
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Saturday 29 January 2022 01:44
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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