The Kamfers Dam on the outskirts of Kimberley, capital of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, is a well-known breeding spot for thousands of Lesser Flamingos.
However, the birds have been driven away by persisting drought and the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s decision to stop pumping treated effluent water into the dam.
Kamfers Dam is one of three pans in the southern Africa sub-region where thousands of flamingos can be seen and the current absence of the birds has bird-watchers and eco-tourism operators worried.
Birdwatcher Brian Culver says: “As early as January this year we have estimated between 50,000 and 80,000 flamingos on the pan, some greater flamingos, and more lesser flamingos. I have been living in Kimberley for 30 years and I have never seen the pan this dry.”
Eco-tourism operators feel it’s a shame that the flamingo attraction might be lost.
Eco-tourism operator Trevor Datnow says: “It is the biggest permanent population of Lesser Flamingo. The success story of the island almost reversed the status of the lesser flamingo. So, it’s unfortunate that the pan has gone dry.”
Higher rainfall and perhaps some help from the authorities may secure the Lesser Flamingos’ return to Kimberley.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.