Getting close up to a King Vulture is hard since usually they perch on the top of tall trees. They are easily distinguished from other vultures thanks to its black and white plumage pattern. This image of an adult King Vulture was taken from a blind in Boca Tapada, San Carlos, Costa Rica. It was a neat and intense experience since I had to stay absolutely quiet while close enough to appreciate and photograph this huge bird. I would say this bird is both beautiful and strange looking. The pale iris makes a magnificent contrast with the red eye ring and the orange and red colors you can see on its neck, throat and bill.