Joy Is……

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Joy is……….a woodpecker on a mango tree!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

77 thoughts on “Joy Is……

    1. Isn’t he? I wish i could have caught more of that ‘flameback’. Thank you for stopping by Christybharath.

    1. This is my first close encounter with one Norma. Have only had fleeting glimpses of their disappearing tails before 🙂

    1. Watching him alight on a bare coconut tree trunk with all his colours on display is even more joyful Lynne. But he never stays long enough for me to grab my camera.

  1. Yes, you should call him Joy 🙂 I have only seen a woodpecker in a cartoon before. It is a lovely bird, colourful with some nice patterns on its feathers. I love this shot, Madhu!

    1. I have been trying for a shot of his golden back in vain Paula. Seems like he has eyes behind his head! Not giving up though, I know he lives nearby 🙂

  2. So cool! I understand the joy you feel–we had a pileated woodpecker that came every fall to eat the apples from the tree just outside our bedroom window. The kids were little and named it Apple, which is more specific to the circumstances than the feelings inspired by the bird’s visits. Wishing you more Joy!

  3. So Woodpeckers like mangoes? Interesting. I love the way he is tucked in there in this shot. We have some kind of tree outside our new kitchen balcony, no fruit of any kind, but a lovely tree none the less, and that is joy for me.

    1. I had no idea either Angeline. This one is usually hammering away at a coconut tree trunk. Watching all the other creatures feasting on the mangoes must have seemed too tempting!
      Your tree sounds lovely. Look forward to ‘seeing’ it 🙂

  4. What a beautiful creature! Truly a joy to have a mango tree and such interesting company… Lucky you, Madhu!

  5. I love the title (as well as the photo!) “Joy is …” makes me wonder how I’d finish the sentence. Today? Joy is a rich email from a new friend. Or success with technology. Or a wild wind at night. Thanks for the chance to think joy.

    1. Thank you Meg. This is a weekly challenge started by fellow blogger – Kan Walk Will Travel. I have linked to her post above. You are welcome to join in if this inspires you 🙂

    1. This is my neighbour’s tree Ian, so I only pluck those that I can reach from my window! 🙂 They don’t seem too interested in harvesting the fruit, probably because these are wild mangoes. Sweet, but fibrous and thick skinned. My gain 🙂

  6. Usually we see pictures of woodpeckers only with, well, wood. But this one is pecking a mango! What a great catch, Madhu. Brought a smile to my face, and left my mouth watering for that delicious mango.

    1. Rather strange behaviour for a woodpecker, I agree Nandini! The lure of the juicy fruit must have been too much to resist 🙂

    1. Ah yes, I am positioned just right to capture my mango thieves Ese. That is the best part of being on the top floor.

  7. very cool shot – and my son loves mangoes so when he come shame I will have to show him this photo – great capture… the little piece of mayo hanging just adds to the raw feel.

  8. how cool is this! the only woodpeckers i have seen have been pecking on trees, and also on the ground, looking for insects. although my neighbour, who has wooden siding on his house, has had to repair a small hole because of a woodpecker drilling the outside wall!
    thanks for sharing this delightful moment! 🙂

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