Finnish Forest Wildlife

Finnish Forest Wildlife

Nordique has this week spoken with talented photographer Eetu Kannel from Lappeenranta in eastern Finland. Eetu specialises in photographing the native wildlife in the beautiful Finnish forests. We were delighted to hear about his passion for photography, and are also very pleased to be able to share some of Eetu’s incredibly wildlife photographs!


Eetu: “My first contact with photography was around 10 years ago when I got a pocket camera for my birthday. With this camera I photographed pretty much everything! I got seriously into nature photography when my mom gave me her old DSLR-camera. After that there was no turning back.”

A Fox cub cuddling with it’s mother. One of my personal favourites.

A Fox cub cuddling with it’s mother. One of my personal favourites.

My passion for wildlife photography

During my first six months of nature photography I mostly took landscape photos. One winter I started to visit a nearby bird feeder where I found some small birds and squirrels to pose in front of my camera. Soon I realised that photographing animals is much more enjoyable for me than landscapes. During the spring of 2018 I took my first fox photos and since then I have almost exclusively photographed animals.”

A Tawny owl baby I photographed while I spent the day with local bird ringers.

A Tawny owl baby I photographed while I spent the day with local bird ringers.

I’ve always been an animal lover and since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed spending time outdoors. I think that nature photography is a great hobby and offers the chance to capture unforgettable moments and encounters with beautiful wild animals.”

A Crested tit I photographed by a bird feeder near my home.

A Crested tit I photographed by a bird feeder near my home.

While photographing wild animals you never know what you will encounter. Sometimes it may take weeks to get a single decent shot, while other times the animals seem to find you. Although the days of just walking around without finding anything to photograph might feel frustrating at the time, when you do find something it’s so rewarding that it makes up for those days of striking out.”

A Willow tit I managed to get to sit on my hand after many hours of trying.

A Willow tit I managed to get to sit on my hand after many hours of trying.

A Yellow-necked mouse who sure was happy to see me.

A Yellow-necked mouse who sure was happy to see me.

My favourite places in Finland

In Finland the nature is always close to you and you can find wildlife pretty much anywhere. My favourite cities for photography in Finland are of course my hometown Lappeenranta; my previous hometown Kouvola; Kotka, which is a city by the sea; and Finland’s capital Helsinki, where in this particular place called Seurasaari one can find a lot of tame squirrels and birds.”

A squirrel photographed in my parents backyard. You can photograph animals pretty much anywhere.

A squirrel photographed in my parents backyard. You can photograph animals pretty much anywhere.

A squirrel that wasn’t too amused by the rain.

A squirrel that wasn’t too amused by the rain.

I’ve visited Finnish Lapland twice now, but this was before I got seriously into photography so to go there again with my current camera gear and experience as a photographer is pretty high on my wish list.

Probably the most beautiful fox I’ve managed to photograph.

Probably the most beautiful fox I’ve managed to photograph.

A fox in the morning light. My favourite time to shoot is early in the morning.

A fox in the morning light. My favourite time to shoot is early in the morning.

Favourite animals to photograph

My favourite animals to photograph are definitely foxes and squirrels. It definitely feels very rewarding to find foxes and to get amazing shots of them - they are such beautiful creatures. Squirrels on the other hand are very easy to find, but they have so many expressions that you´ll never get bored with them.”

A raccoon dog pup I met in Finland’s capital Helsinki.

A raccoon dog pup I met in Finland’s capital Helsinki.

A fox cub enjoying a sunny day.

A fox cub enjoying a sunny day.


See more of Eetu’s images at: @eetukannel


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