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Vaalkop Dam (25202728)

North West

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status LOCAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PARTLY PROTECTED
IBA information SA025 - MAGALIESBERG & WITWATERSBERG
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Date_registered
1993-07-25
Brief_description
A dam on the Elands River, partly within Vaalkops Nature Reserve; it has some fringing reedbeds, and several islands. Holds a good variety of waterbirds, but small numbers of most waterfowl and shorebirds. A nationally significant count of Great Crested Grebe was recorded in winter 1995. Numbers of grebes, cormorants, herons, African Spoonbill, Whitefaced Duck, and Egyptian and Spurwinged Geese, are higher in winter and the biomass graph reflects the concentration of these large waterbirds in this season. The high total count in winter 1997 reflects the presence of 895 Redknobbed Coot. Blacksmith Plover is fairly common all year, and Black Crake and Purple Gallinule are recorded. Low flying by microlight aircraft is a serious threat; boating, and pollution with anglers' waste, are also problems.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta18.4029  
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus12.404   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1554.953667 2500 
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus3257.001901   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo2327.431793  130
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris17.3140
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa291.84379 250 
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.565   
91Duck, CombSarkidiornis melanotos167.05482   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos11.001
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor25.6713   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa33.003   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A16.0011
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus11.753   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata1135.391845   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata133.88208   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis1209.791050   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba116.9387   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta132.00494   
982Egret, SlatyEgretta vinaceigula11.001   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia19.1884   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer19.0527
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber112.3025   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor14.5015   
205Flufftail, Red-chestedSarothrura rufa22.002
265Godwit, Black-tailedLimosa limosa44.004 
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus1262.331024   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis162.98384   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus121.481065025100
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis1113.00503500250 
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia15.0933   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus130.47125   
10010Gull, UnidentifiedN/A N/A11.001
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta14.0932   
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca115.80161   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala18.1966   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath14.8821   
63Heron, Green-backedButorides striata14.5420   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea436.46170   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea13.6510   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides18.1139   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus121.33111   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus15.7127   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash15.4220   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus126.03184  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.613
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata15.6731
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis129.7192
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus14.7527   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus1072.63323   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus17.1427   
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax13.7530  
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.142
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis11.001  
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula22.503   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius121.48181   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris118.15104   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma19.8636   
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni37579.00120010050370
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax138.79476  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos14.1718  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea15.2915  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis17.1323   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola06.1233   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana12.204   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii15.7024   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis13.117   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba149.9431415075 
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus118.9390  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta126.45118   
73Stork, MarabouLeptoptilos crumeniferus18.2028   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis111.2752   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis11.503  
10007Swan, Black Cygnus atratus11.001
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis23.308   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota15.1713   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha133.09186   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia114.0037  20
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A777.20129
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida227.0019015075100
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus3269.031126 1000 
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus12.908   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A120.92102
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp13.179
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis19.3839
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