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Espagsdrift Vlei (27562444)

Northern Cape

Authority Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation
Management status PRIVATE FARM
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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A farm dam, using water from the Vaalharts irrigation scheme; has submergent vegetation, a few reedbeds, some sedges, and extensive muddy shoreline. Counts for 1996 and 1997 are available. In this period 38 species were recorded, including Squacco Heron, Lesser Flamingo, Yellowbilled Stork, and Whitebacked and Knobbilled Ducks; Whitebacked Duck is always present. Most species occur in small numbers, but Redknobbed Coot occurs in good numbers in both seasons, and breeds. Some shorebirds are also quite numerous, and the highest counts of Blacksmith Plover (which breeds here), Wood Sandpiper and Ruff were recorded in summer 1997, but of Little Stint in summer 1996. Livestock grazing/trampling is an important threat; eutrophication, pollution by pesticide runoff, and overhead power lines are lesser threats.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta17.0012  
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata171.45204   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus14.3610   
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris11.001
91Duck, CombSarkidiornis melanotos12.504   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus12.609   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata14.4013   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata324.52114   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis135.87168   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba11.001   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta12.3610   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia11.001   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.001
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber77.007   
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor832.0056   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus16.0526   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis16.8819   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia34.337   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta11.001   
64Heron, BlackEgretta ardesiaca11.834   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.142   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.001   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides12.145   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus19.6727   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus111.9570   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash13.2911   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus11.001  
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.673
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus229.07161   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.001
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus16.7437   
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis18.0015  
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens11.001   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula14.2014   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius115.6767   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris12.948   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma14.5814   
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni14.0012   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.802
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax291.94765  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.001  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea234.38136  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis19.9140   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola110.2247   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana16.1840   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii14.8113   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.433   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba17.1339   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus111.2440  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta2112.85409   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis11.503   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis12.2511  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis28.0026   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota25.3812   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha119.3581   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida13.4010   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus150.33290   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A13.7510
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis13.9516
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