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Watermead Dam (29502935)

KwaZulu-Natal

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status UNKNOWN
Conservation status UNKNOWN
IBA information
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Date_registered
1993-01-16
Brief_description
A large farm dam; inlet has some good Phragmites/Typha beds and variably extensive sedges and flooded grass, depending on water level. Supports generally small numbers of a good variety of waterbirds; summer 1993 numbers particularly high, with maximum counts of Dabchick, Whitebacked and Yellowbilled Ducks, Cape Shoveller, Southern Pochard, Moorhen, Redknobbed Coot and Ruff. Counts show downward trend in numbers of Yellow- billed Duck, Egyptian Goose and Blacksmith Plover, and an upward trend in Reed Cormorant. Total count and number of species also show some decline. High biomass in winter 1994 due to large count of Spurwinged Goose, plus good number of Yellowbilled Duck. Purple Gallinule resident in marshy areas, where Moorhen is common and Baillon's Crake has occurred. No threats have been identified.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
67Bittern, LittleIxobrychus minutus23.004   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata9266.691165   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus18.4429   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo03.1710   
203Crake, BlackAmaurornis flavirostris11.001
198Crake, CornCrex crex11.001
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum14.8835   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa03.009   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.334   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa11.001   
104Duck, White-backedThalassornis leuconotus114.5652   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata03.8922   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata15130.93430   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis247.88180   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba44.505   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta13.005   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia14.0915   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer11.664
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus139.66188   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis128.97158   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis549.98191   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia15.3312   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus11.001   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta12.003   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala01.794   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea13.5015   
62Heron, SquaccoArdeola ralloides11.001   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus13.4515   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus12.003   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash04.8521   
228Jacana, AfricanActophilornis africanus22.002  
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus12.254
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata01.003
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis01.635
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus115.1253   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus01.002
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus123.5479   
211Moorhen, LesserGallinula angulata11.001
69Night-Heron, Black-crownedNycticorax nycticorax11.332  
361Owl, MarshAsio capensis11.001
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius11.753   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.6724   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma113.89103   
197Rail, AfricanRallus caerulescens11.673
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax534.2594  
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos12.334  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis22.002   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.5325   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana15.1321   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii19.9639   
250Snipe, AfricanGallinago nigripennis14.0011   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.503   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus18.8222  
80Stork, WhiteCiconia ciconia15.0013   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis11.382  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis11.001   
99Teal, HottentotAnas hottentota15.0016   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha16.3533   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia22.002   
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida05.0040   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus11.001   
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp22.002
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis04.4217
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