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Great Fish River Estuary (33292707)

Eastern Cape

CWAC status REGISTERED-COUNTED REGULARLY
Authority Private
Management status PROVINCIAL GAME/NATURE RESERVE
Conservation status PROTECTED
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Date_registered
1994-01-08
Brief_description
The estuary of the Great Fish River, with open shoreline and some short fringing vegetation. A good variety of waterbirds occurs, including African Black Oyster- catcher and 15 Palearctic shorebird species. Duck numbers average higher in winter, as do numbers of Whitefronted and Threebanded Plovers, and Blackwinged Stilt; numbers of Whitebreasted Cormorant and Egyptian Goose normally higher in summer. Good numbers of Common Tern occur erratically in summer. Sedimentation, and tourism and recreational activities, are important threats; pollution by fertilizers may also be a problem.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
IBA
RAMSAR
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta11.001  
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata11.001   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis12.605   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus12.9210   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo715.5430   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.001   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa13.197   
95Duck, African BlackAnas sparsa12.254   
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata5454.0054   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata237.04242   
61Egret, CattleBubulcus ibis115.6370   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.453   
60Egret, Yellow-billedEgretta intermedia11.001   
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer12.916
266Godwit, Bar-tailedLimosa lapponica12.003   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus619.9373   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis14.6727   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis24.006   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia122.6367   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus12.434   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus317.5432   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta11.202   
169Harrier, BlackCircus maurus11.502
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala13.7313   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.001   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea16.4021   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus210.6223   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash13.929   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus33.003
396Kingfisher, Half-collaredAlcedo semitorquata22.002
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata11.102
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis12.798
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus213.2139   
167Marsh-harrier, AfricanCircus ranivorus11.001
509Martin, Brown-throatedRiparia paludicola11.001
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.001   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.001
231Oystercatcher, African BlackHaematopus moquini25.0413  
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus88.008   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula726.4043   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola15.0419   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius12.4310   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris16.6721   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus532.8683   
261Redshank, CommonTringa totanus11.001
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax165.53320  
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba834.41140   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos19.3732  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea17.3624  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis13.4514   
257Sandpiper, TerekXenus cinereus15.6315 
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola15.8324   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana120.8856   
94Shoveler, CapeAnas smithii13.7510   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba13.827   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus227.9696  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta1147.1885   
79Stork, BlackCiconia nigra22.002   
208Swamphen, African PurplePorphyrio madagascariensis11.001  
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis22.002   
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha19.7145   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia11.643   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo1265.441800   
299Tern, LittleSterna albifrons513.9253   
293Tern, RoseateSterna dougallii28.5015  8
296Tern, SandwichSterna sandvicensis241.92190   
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii18.4837   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus11.001   
232Turnstone, RuddyArenaria interpres13.7111   
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis18.2540
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus314.2937   
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