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Platfontein Pans (28392437)

Northern Cape

Authority Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation
Management status PRIVATE FARM
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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Six ephemeral pans, infrequently inundated; shoreline open, with mud and short vegetation. Summer and winter counts in 1997 produced an impressive 42 waterbird species, with large totals for some. Nationally significant numbers of Greater Flamingo, South African Shelduck, Southern Pochard and Blackwinged Stilt occurred in summer, and of the flamingo also in winter. In summer there were also good numbers of Blacknecked Grebe, Dabchick, Glossy Ibis, Redbilled Teal, Cape Shoveller and Redknobbed Coot (breeds), high counts of Palearctic shorebirds (particularly Marsh Sandpiper and Ruff), an exceptional 530 Avocet, and good numbers of Greyheaded Gull and Whitewinged Tern. The winter count produced large totals of Whitefaced and Yellowbilled Ducks, increased numbers of Redbilled Teal and Cape Shoveller, large counts of Kittlitz's and Blacksmith Plovers, 280 Curlew Sandpiper, and reasonable counts of Avocet and Blackwinged Stilt. Important threats are posed by overhead powerlines and by livestock grazing/trampling.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta3132.00530250125
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata35957.002224   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus16.6010   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo1111.0011   
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor11.502   
91Duck, Knob-billedSarkidiornis melanotos11.502   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa26.0014   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A34.005
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus22.002   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata21181.29768   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata448.43200   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis496496.00496   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba11.502   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta17.0018   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia33.003   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.332
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber30421.67788 625760
87Flamingo, LesserPhoenicopterus minor119.6046   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus153.78158   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis113.6755   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis628.7552   
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus11.001   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis745.1795   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia111.4027   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus7117.33258   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta11.001   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.008   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea17.1724   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus110.1743   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus3116.75383   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus24.507  
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis22.002
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus533.1194   
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus23.004   
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax22.002  
230Painted-snipe, GreaterRostratula benghalensis55.005  
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula15.009   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius444.29134   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris28.3323   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma497.71280 250 
282Pratincole, Black-wingedGlareola nordmanni11.001   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax1288.631531  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea6164.80372  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis150.29208   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola411.5019   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana1263.11237 210 
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii679.78189 175 
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis66.006   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba18.2020   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus16271.78874 500
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta7140.57350   
79Stork, BlackCiconia nigra11.001   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia226226.00226   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis11.001   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis232.7869   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota517.0029   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha19224.63793   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2020.0020
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida416.6725   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus2219.60524   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1435.3351
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis17.4320
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