About

My name is Steve Wilce. I was born in Merthyr Tydfil, a famous, or some may say infamous town in South Wales where I lived until I moved to the beautiful county of Powys in 1995.
Living in a busy town of some 65,000 people had many drawbacks for me. I often needed to escape to the countryside to pursue my interest in wildlife and to escape the noise and traffic which was increasing year on year.
I found as I got older I was spending more and more time in the countryside, so I decided to bite the bullet and move. After much searching, I found an old detached cottage dating from the 19th Century which was formally two farm workers cottages which had been knocked into one. My wife, Sue, and I spent the next number of years renovating the house and gardens spending a frightening amount of money in the process. I have to say it was worth every penny and it is light years away from the town where I grew up.

The image with me displayed on the 'Home Page' is of the Usk Valley viewed from Allt yr Esgair with the River Usk meandering through verdant farmland below and looking north towards the Brecon Beacons. This view is one of my local favourites and was captured by using a remote IR device mounted on my landscape camera. (See Hahnel Combi TF remote control in equipment reviews).

I have been a birder for over thirty years and dallied with the twitching scene for a few years, this, however, was not for me as I found myself being bitterly disappointed if I dipped. I realised quite quickly, thankfully, that I was missing the point of nature watching and as a result I am now far more interested in images than ticks.
One of my favourite places is North Norfolk where I have been visiting for over twenty five years and its ornithological wealth has provided me with a solid grounding in birding.
I worked for 35 years for the then British Steel, (God knows what it is called now), in industrial chemistry and latterly, the last ten years in environmental management. I took the opportunity, when I was fifty, of early retirement with a final salary pension etc, etc and have not regretted a minute of it. I still, however, do some very low key work locally and this keeps me occupied in the quiet times.
Over the last few years my wife Sue and I have been lucky to travel quite a bit, visiting countries right across Europe as well as Africa, India, China and The USA.
I have always been interested in photography, mainly landscapes, using medium format cameras. After a break of a few years I decided to try and photograph wildlife, mainly birds, where my primary interest lies. I would like to share some of these images with other people who enjoy nature. If I can help anyone with information regarding images or places I have visited I will be more than happy to do so.
Equipment:
Canon 500 f4 Mk i lens used up until Sept 2010.
Canon 600 f4 Mk i lens used up until March 2015.
Canon 600 f4 Mk ii lens.
Canon 300 f4 lens used up until Feb 2017.
Canon 17-40 f4 zoom lens.
Sigma 150-600 f5-f6.3, OS, Zoom lens.(Contemporary).
Sigma TC1401 1.4 Teleconverter.
Canon 1D MK2 and Canon 40D DSLR cameras. (The 40D is one of the best DSLR cameras, pound for pound Canon have produced).
Canon 7D DSLR and battery grip used up until March 2015.
Canon 7D Mk ii DSLR and battery grip.
Canon 1.4 and 2.0 Mk ii Teleconverters.
Canon 1.4 Mk iii Teleconverter.
Canon corded shutter release.
Sandisk Extreme CF cards.
Canon extension tubes.
Lowepro AW 600 Mk 2 rucksack.
Lowepro and Tamrac compartmentalised rucksacks.
Manfrotto supports, (057 and 055 Tripods).
Manfrotto MHXPRO-3 Way Tilt and Pan Tripod Head.
Jobu Pro 2B Gimbal Head.
Lenscoat collapsible travel hood for Canon ef 600 lens.
Wildlife Watching Supplies protective camouflage materials.
Wildlife Watching Supplies large bean bag.
Camouflage Netting.
Portable Hide.
Leica 7x42 BA Trinovid binoculars and Leica Apo 60mm telescope with 20-60 zoom eyepiece.
Vortex Razor 10 x 42 HD binoculars.
Hahnel Combi TF remote control.
XIKEZAN 12mnp 1080p Trail Camera.
Adobe Photoshop (CS6 Extended) software.