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Bona Island and the Panama Canal

Jan 04, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


The area where the Panama Canal was built does not have very hight mountains, this allows the  north eastern trade winds to pass over the land with relative force; this winds will hit the surface of the water causing a up welling that leads to abundance of fish. Another interesting characteristic of the bay of Panama it that it has several group of island and most of them with no mammals or predators, so this are the perfect conditions for birds to nest. Today we visit one of this islands to see this nesting before we entered the Panama Canal. 

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José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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