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Albert Falls Dam: Route 1 (29263024)


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Management status STATE IMPOUNDMENT
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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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 carbo122.41270  130
199Crake, AfricanCrecopsis egregia11.001
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris11.253
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum18.9233   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa18.6256   
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 viduata18.5532   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata16.7324   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis133.89501   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba13.1315   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.7137   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia12.504   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer14.6422
86Flamingo, GreaterPhoenicopterus ruber11.001   
10004Goose, DomesticAnser anser11.383
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus7127.56579   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis131.16377   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis13.8910   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia11.857   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus11.001   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta12.9511   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.0015   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.635   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea16.3422   
57Heron, PurpleArdea purpurea11.142   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus115.59131   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash114.7063   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus12.004  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus11.453
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata11.001
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata12.005
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis15.0318
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus11.502   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus451.20307   
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 hiaticula112.3348   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius138.46148   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris17.6718   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.001
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax128.1791  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos13.6216  
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 minuta15.5010   
79Stork, BlackCiconia nigra11.001   
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia55.005   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus14.7018   
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 aguimp12.047
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis230.71105
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