OK. I admit these guys are ugly. But I post lots of photos of iguanas, and some of them are ugly, too. So, I don't think I should discriminate against ugly birds.
During a morning drive near Nicoya, which is southeast of Tamarindo, I pulled over onto the shoulder of the road and took this photo of vultures spreading their wings to dry them in the morning sun. In additon to these birds on the fence posts, there was another group of them filling the branches of a nearby tree.
Costa Rica is described in one of my guide books as "nirvana for bird watchers." I am sure that the birders who travel to Costa Rica come for our unparalleled variety of species (more than the USA and Canada combined), but not for the vultures.
This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing pictures of the Maasi and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. I think you will find them of interest.