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Albert Falls Dam: Route 1 (29263024)


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Management status STATE IMPOUNDMENT
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A large water supply dam with mostly open, rather barren shoreline of earth/stones, but some muddy areas with wet grass, and a little fringing reed/sedge cover, especially at inlets. White- breasted Cormorant breeds. Attracts a good variety of waterbirds. Water level very low 1992-93; largest counts of Dabchick, Egyptian and Spurwinged Geese, Crowned Crane, Kittlitz's Plover and Cape Wagtail recorded winter 1993. High count and biomass totals in winters of 1993-94 due to good numbers of cormorants, geese and cranes (largest counts of Whitebreasted Cormorant and Little Egret in winter 1994, plus 295 Spurwinged Geese). High count of Blacksmith Plover in summer 1997. Osprey and Wattled Plover regular; occasional good numbers of Marsh Owl recorded. Occasional fishing competitions on the dam cause mild disturbance. This section starts at the boat club, moves south along the shore into the Game Park, and stops at the end of the game park at the gate. This section is done by vehicle.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata29.7515   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus124.89105   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo121.79270  130
199Crake, AfricanCrecopsis egregia11.001
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris11.293
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum19.3633   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa18.6156   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa22.002   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos11.001
101Duck, FulvousDendrocygna bicolor22.002   
1016Duck, MallardAnas platyrhynchos12.003
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A2083.33300
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata18.8932   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata16.8624   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis133.89501   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba13.1315   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.7637   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia12.504   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer14.4822
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber11.001   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser11.383
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus7117.30526   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis131.72377   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis13.8910   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.424   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus11.001   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta12.9511   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala12.7915   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.635   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea16.2622   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.142   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus115.59131   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash115.0063   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus12.004  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.453
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata12.005
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis14.8118
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus11.502   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus451.16307   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.333
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
74Openbill, AfricanAnastomus lamelligerus11.001   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.403
42Pelican, Great WhitePelecanus onocrotalus33.003   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula114.6048   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius139.52148   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris17.6918   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax124.0091  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos13.5416  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.5026   
1342Shelduck, CommonTadorna tadorna22.002
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana12.506   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii44.004   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis11.001   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba16.5019   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus22.002  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta15.0010   
79Stork, BlackCiconia nigra11.001   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus14.3318   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha12.334   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia11.001   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida11.001   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus11.604   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A244.57100
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp11.957
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis230.70105
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