Daily Expedition Reports
Bona Island and the Panama Canal

José Calvo, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor, January 2020

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 24 Jan 2020

Bona Island and the Panama Canal

  • Aboard the National Geographic Quest
  • Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

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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