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The management of waterbirds on a wildlife ranch

30 November 2015

 

www.leopard.tvGame birds can be divided into terrestrial and waterbirds. Many wildlife ranchers and hunters still regard game birds as inferior and only shoot them for the pot. However, when a hunter is properly equipped with a trained hunting dog and follows the correct code of conduct by only shooting birds on the wing, wingshooting packages can be added to complement other hunting packages. South Africa has 17 species of indigenous waterbird that can be hunted, but some are protected and may not be hunted, but the spur-winged goose Plectropterus gambensis, the Egyptian goose Alopochen aegyptiaca and the yellow-billed duck Anas undulata are popular for hunting. There are also numerous types of waterbird that can be used for tourism.

The waterbird habitat in South Africa has changed considerably with time because suitable water surfaces have been created artificially, and many natural wetlands were drained and pans were ploughed up or destroyed by overgrazing. By applying sensible management techniques, any suitable habitat can be improved for waterbirds. The resultant natural... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

References:

Johnson, D N 1983. Building dams for waterbirds. Wildlife management: technical guidelines for farmers, Number 2. Pietermaritzburg: Natal Parks Board.

Viljoen, P J & J du P Bothma 2016. Game birds. In: J du P Bothma & J G du Toit (Eds) 2016, Game ranch management, sixth edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik.

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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