Small warbler – perhaps a Cisticola – amongst fearsome Acacia thorns, any one of which could so easily transfix it; probably in Nairobi National Park, in the late 1970s.

The Cisticolas are a group of small warblers that that all look very similar to each other; they are the archetypal “small brown birds”.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: OM-1 with a Vivitar 400mm telephoto; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; Lightroom.  This would have been taken from the window of my car, from one of the tracks in the National Park.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    I love the warbler posed among the thorns, Adrian, It’s nice that you can post one of the Africa photos from time to time.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Lynn. Along with the relatively few that I (quite long ago now) scanned, I’ve got many hundreds of other colour slides from Kenya, that I don’t suppose will get scanned, at least as long as I’m able to get out and about with a camera. A 🙂


  2. Meanderer says:

    I remember this one from before; an absolutely striking and beautiful image. I like the limited colour palette and lack of a distracting background. Lovely to see it again!


  3. Birds are often such difficult subjects. Nice job.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Russell. I was a committed (and sometime professional) birder 1967-2002: I am still certainly enthralled by birds, and used to some extent to getting fairly close to them. This would have been taken from my VW Beetle, which acted as a mobile hide – very sobering to think it was taken well over half a life ago. Adrian


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