Joy Is……(No.6)

Golden Bird bird on a mango tree

The glint of gold on my 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

90 thoughts on “Joy Is……(No.6)

  1. How exotic, both the beautiful bird and your mango tree, Madhu! Mango is my favourite fruit, only it doesn’t taste the same as in your part of world. Does your tree give you loads and loads oaf mangos? How can you preserve them?
    I wish the grey squirrel would abandon our garden, he pinches all the seeds for birds, such a nuisance …

    1. I have to agree that our mangoes taste far better πŸ™‚ These are wild ones though, a bit stringy and thick skinned, but still quite sweet. Traditionally raw mangoes are pickled (with chilli) or preserved in brine to be used through the year in curries and chutneys. Ripe ones were never preserved to my knowledge, although they are used in a variety of savoury curries as well!. Now the pulp is frozen of course. Squirrels and pigeons are two of my least favourite creatures on earth πŸ™‚

      1. “Squirrels and pigeons are two of my least favourite creatures on earth :-)” – I’ll sign this one too, Madhu! πŸ™‚

    1. He is an Indian Golden Oriole Marcy. I think they come down South from the Himalayas. According to Wiki there is an European species as well.

  2. Oh, he is exquisite, Madhu! I remember your tree and visitors from before, but only from when there were mangoes. How cool that he has come to see you in the winter just to visit and enjoy your tree. πŸ™‚

    Orples, Madhu said this is a golden oriole!

    1. Riba, I have only seen these a couple of times before, up in the cooler hills. Can’t imagine why they would choose to winter in this humid city! But I am not complaining πŸ™‚

  3. Joy is seeing a beautiful little bird outside your kitchen window in the tree. The tree outside my kitchen balcony has very few birds. I keep waiting. Your shot of this fellow is lovely.

    1. It is! And that tree compensates for the lack of a garden, even if it is not out front. Thank you Angeline.

      1. Angeline, my comments on your blog don’t seem to be showing up. Wondering if they have been relegated to the spam folder. You might need to rescue them, before I can comment again πŸ™‚

  4. Madhu, indeed you have captured a flying gold in your lovely mango trees…the pose and poise of the beautiful bird is simply great and subtly graceful.

    Beautiful shot and wonderfully composed…

  5. You seem to always have exquisite guests in your mango tree, Madhu. Only the thought of having a mango tree is lovely – and then with this jewel visiting…Ahhh

    1. I am as surprised as you are Ann Christine. I never saw such exotic creatures while growing up amidst orchards of mango trees!! Perhaps I just have a better view into the tree now πŸ™‚

  6. Nice touch of gold in your mango tree, Madhu. It fills me with joy, too. Are your mangoes in season, now? Ours are just starting to fall. With 5 mango trees and lots of windy days…I have been able to dodge several falling mangoes. But, yesterday, I wasn’t so lucky. I got bopped on my ear by a big mango. πŸ™‚

    1. Our mango season does not begin until June Debbie. The seasons vary across the country but not by much. Why don’t you just harvest the mangoes? Do they fall off before they are ready? That’s sad. This particular tree belongs to our neighbours and is never harvested for some reason. I am the indirect beneficiary of that decision πŸ™‚

      1. Madhu, we have 5 giant mango trees surrounding our house. The Indio mangoes fall to the ground before they are ripe and they are infested with insects. No one will eat the Indio mangoes. But, the Rosa mangoes are luscious and we harvest those. They seem to be more insect resistant. We dug a big hole for the rotten Indio mangoes and we cart them by wheelbarrows to fill the hole. Now, if we could only harness methane from the tons of rotting mangoes. πŸ™‚

    1. They are shy creatures, and I have only sighted a couple before in the Nilgiris. But here we have been having staring contests πŸ™‚ Hope he stay a while. Appreciate your dropping by Bharath. And happy to connect with a fellow Madrasi (even if I don’t technically qualify)

      1. staring contests yaay! i think my flaying limbs freak them out, their yellow does things to me πŸ™‚ and technicalities be damned, fellow madrasi, have love, keep travelling!

    1. Absolutely Gilly. It settles on that branch most evenings between five to six. Sometimes we have a staring contest πŸ™‚

    1. This tree belongs to our neighbours who never harvest the mangoes for some reason. So yes the birds get most of them, which suits me fine πŸ™‚

    1. I somehow thought you did LuAnn! If it makes you feel any better, our regular visitors aren’t this colourful either πŸ™‚

  7. What fascinates me is Nature protecting the these little creatures by giving them the colors of the fruit they feed on!

    1. It isn’t mango season so they actually stand out like sore thumbs Ashu!! I think this plumage is purely for the pleasure of his mate πŸ™‚

    1. Absolutely. But it isn’t mango season yet, and I am hoping whatever brought him here will keep him here for a while πŸ™‚

    1. The prettiest visitors Patti, the mango tree is pretty neglected by our neighbours – who own it incidentally πŸ™‚

    1. He certainly is. I can buy mangoes from the market, but this little beauty is a precious gift. He’s still around Meredith. Appears most evenings around sunset πŸ™‚

        1. That’s a comforting thought. He stares at me more like he thinks I am crazy though πŸ™‚

    1. These are occasional celebrity visitors Elisa. The rest of the time we have to make do with dowdy crows and messy pigeons πŸ™‚

  8. Wow. This is an Oriole. The sounds of the bird resounding much … when I was young, there were someone kept them for its good sounds. Some of them taught them to “talk” like human-beings. πŸ™‚

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