Allen’s Gallinule – a first for Turkey

Allen's Gallinule

Allen’s Gallinule

Today I’ve been planning for the tour that icelandic and a danish birder and I will undertake during the next 20 days. This got firmly interrupted when I learned that an Allen’s Gallinule was found by Emin and a few others south of Mogan.

I hurried down there and saw the bird very well in deed. This is the first record for Turkey of this African bird which non the less has reached neighbouring countries Greece and Cyprus and also strayed as far north as the UK, Denmark and Finland.

Allen's Gallinule

Allen’s Gallinule

Less than 10 birders connected with the bird as it was found quite late – and some unlucky ones got stuck in the Ankara traffic and missed the bird by minutes.

Silas Olofson

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