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Sterkfontein Dam (28262901)

Free State

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTS SUSPENDED
Authority Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
IBA information SA046 - STERKFONTEIN DAM NATURE RESERVE
Ramsar information
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Date_registered
1992-02-09
Brief_description
An IBA and provincial nature reserve. A large dam in high-altitude sour grassland, with pre- dominantly open shoreline but with no significant foraging habitat for Palearctic shorebirds. Cormorant counts are greater in summer, while Dabchick and most waterfowl species seem to attain higher numbers in winter, although numbers of some waterfowl (e.g. Spurwinged and Egyptian Goose, Yellowbilled Duck and Redbilled Teal) show great variations in both seasons. Numbers of Greyheaded Gull appear to be increasing and those of Dabchick declining. Goliath Heron is regularly recorded in small numbers. Black Stork and Grass Owl occur. Recreational facilities including boating and water-skiing pose only mild threats to the avifauna.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata147.50209   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis44.004   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus116.8454   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo229.2292   
216Crane, BlueAnthropoides paradiseus11.001   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum24.006   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa311.7031   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.564   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A34.005
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata214.8036   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata17131.80491   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis236.5071   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer12.276
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus15116.63438   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis135.63161   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis1818.0018   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.332   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis127.3682   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia1717.0017   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus113.5648   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala14.4022   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath12.424   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.106   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash12.574   
82Ibis, Southern BaldGeronticus calvus11.001
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.001
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.673
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus17.8237   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.001
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.714
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius910.6712   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.005   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma210.2524   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax11.001  
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba11.001   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos11.252  
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola11.001   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana22.002   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii22.002   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1717.0017   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota22.002   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha111.6349   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus11.001   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A22.754
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis114.5442
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