Allen’s Gallinule at Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road

By MaghrebOrnitho | 19 February 2016
An Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) photographed at Tachektent on the Dakhla-Aousserd road yesterday (18 February 2016) by Mohamed Mediani. This is the 11th or the 12th record for Morocco, depending whether we count the bird photographed by Ali Irizi at Oued Massa on 28 December 2014 and found by Daniel Vrauwdeunt three days later as one or two records (because it was most likely the same bird).

You see, Aousserd region has more to offer than just desert birds.

Toponymy note:

The place known to birders as “Gleib Jdiane, Gleib Jediane or Gleb Jdiane” with a well, water tower and small marshy area is called Tachektent (Tachktant). Gleib Jdiane is actually a hill located to the west along the road to Dakhla.

“Gleib” in the Sahara means a small heart-shaped hill (but reversed). “Gleib” is a diminutive of ‘galb’ (qalb قلب in classical Arabic), and the latter means ‘heart’.

Updates:

– The Allen’s Gallinule was still there on 21 February, Javi Elorriaga got great views.

– Mohamed Mediani went back to the site on 2 March and found the bird still present.

Allen’s Gallinule – Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Aousserd road, 18 February 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

Allen’s Gallinule – Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road, 18 February 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

Allen’s Gallinule – Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Aousserd road, 18 February 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

Allen’s Gallinule – Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road, 18 February 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

Allen’s Gallinule – Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road, 18 February 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

Allen’s Gallinule – Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road, 18 February 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

Allen’s Gallinule – Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road, 18 February 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

Allen’s Gallinule – Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road, 18 February 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

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