flamingos at kamfers dam


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  • Location: Kamfers Dam, Nr. Kimberley, South Africa
  • Source: Africam
  • Info: Live streaming webcam showing flamingos and wildlife at Kamfers Dam near Kimberley in South Africa

More info: Kamfers Dam, near Kimberley, is one of four breeding areas in Africa and the only one in South Africa of the lesser flamingo. The dam and surrounding 380ha wetland area are designated as a conservation zone and the area of water at the dam has become a major breeding site for the lesser flamingos since construction of an artificial island in 2006

A local company Ekapa Mining, moved 26,000 tons of material to create the island. All was delivered along a narrow 200m causeway, and deposited in an S-shape to create two bays. The dam typically supports 20,000 lesser flamingos, but occasionally over 50,000 lesser flamingos are present, a large proportion of the subregion's total population.

The dam has high concentrations of blue/green algae and diatoms providing the main food source for the flamingos whilst ponds provide clay for the flamingos to collect and build their nest turrets.