Bona Island and the Panama Canal

Jan 24, 2020 - National Geographic Quest


Today we arrived at the Gulf of Panama after a long navigation in this gulf, the north eastern trade winds cross the isthmus and hit the surface of the water causing an upswell, This brings abundance of fish to the area: This in turn spurs nesting sites for thousands of sea birds on some of the islands. Adjacent to Bona Island is the neighboring Otoque, which supports a small cluster of fishing villages where the locals also make good use of the local fish population.

Bona is part of an island group where one may observe the nesting behavior of pelicans, brown boobies, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds. The abundant bird life of this island its overwhelming. At night we crossed the amazing Panama Canal, one the engineering wonders of the world, where an overnight passage though these locks offer a dramatic setting of the operation with the well-lit facilities.

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Max Vindas

Expedition Leader

Known for his passion for nature and dedication to conservation and ecotourism, Max Vindas has been guiding natural history trips in Costa Rica since 1993. On his first trip to the rainforest at age eight, Max realized his love for the outdoors and wildlife observation. Since then, he spends as much time as he can in the forest, sharing his knowledge with visitors to his country.

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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