Bona Island, Bay of Panama

Jan 08, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest dropped anchored next to our morning destination right after sunrise. A group of Islands could be seen from the windows of our lounge. We had arrived to Bona Island and up in the sky we could see different species of sea bids soaring.

The seabirds love to be around this area since in the Bay of Panama is known for having an upwelling zone. Here, the trade wind will blow the warm surface water allowing the cold currents from the bottom to rise. With this, a lot of nutrients are brought to the surface creating an interesting food change.

It was a great morning exploring the surroundings on board our zodiacs. Several of these seabirds were nesting and other were just soaring above us. Frigatebirds, brown pelicans, brown boobies and blue-footed boobies filled the sky as we passed next to them. What a great morning.

We would had stay longer in this paradise but we had to cover 190 nautical miles, so the rest of the afternoon we cruised towards our next destination of our expedition, Coiba National Park.

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About the Author

Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

About the Photographer

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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