Oakland Nature Preserve

Oakland Nature Preserve is a small neighborhood preserve on the outskirts of Clermont, Florida. I visited it regularly when I was first starting in nature photography. It features native Florida forested wetland habitat, including a boardwalk out to Lake Apopka.

Photography Advice

I'd suggest a long lens or intermediate telephoto.

Website

http://www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Trail Map

Map

Oakland Nature Preserve Blog Archives

  • Little Birds and Blooms at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Little Birds and Blooms at Oakland Nature Preserve

    A quick stop at Oakland Nature Preserve turned up a pretty tree in bloom, full of little birds!
  • Little Birds at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Little Birds at Oakland Nature Preserve

    A search for the Golden-crowned Kinglet at Oakland Nature Preserve yielded a quick glimpse of the target bird and lots of other little birds!
  • Cold Sunset at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Cold Sunset at Oakland Nature Preserve

    I couldn’t resist the itch to try out my 500mm lens any more!  It was pretty windy today, so rather than going to Circle B, Rich and I went up to Oakland Nature Preserve at sunset. Maybe I’m just very spoiled by Circle B, but Oakland doesn’t seem to have as many birds as it used to.  We used to see dozens of Ospreys sitting high in the trees, usually with fish.  We didn’t see a single one today.  But we did see little birds, especially at one point in the boardwalk.  There were tons of Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, several Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, one Black-and-White Warbler, and a White-Eyed Vireo. I used my 500mm lens plus my 1.4x teleconverter today.  With my 7D body, that makes an effective focal length of 1120mm!!  I didn’t have any trouble locating birds with just the 500mm, since I’m using to using my 400mm plus my 1.4x teleconverter.  But when I added the 1.4x teleconverter to the 500mm, I did have a bit of trouble finding the birds in the frame.  I’m sure I’ll get used to it.  :) A Gray Catbird hopped in front of me and started to devour some red berries.  I didn’t …
  • Breezy Morning at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Breezy Morning at Oakland Nature Preserve

    We decided to postpone our usual Circle B Bar Reserve trip for a day, since the weather forecast called for a cloudy day with lots of wind. But when I woke up this morning, it was surprisingly sunny, and just a little breezy. So Rich and I headed to Oakland Nature Preserve to see if the feeders were out for Painted Buntings this year. (Nope.) Oakland Nature Preserve used to be one of our favorite birding locations. Then they started constructing a new nature center, which kept some of the birds away. They also stopped putting out the feeders that attracted the Painted Buntings in the winter. So we’ve only been there a handful of times in the last year or two. I was hoping that the activity would have started to pick up again, but it was a pretty quiet morning. We heard American Goldfinches but never saw one. Eastern Phoebes and Gray Catbirds made themselves heard but never let themselves be seen. Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers mocked us from high in the treetops. We did see a small flock of warblers, and I believe we were hearing a couple of Black and White Warblers, although I never saw them. These …
  • All’s quiet at Oakland Nature Preserve

    All’s quiet at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Rich and I went to Oakland Nature Preserve for the first time in over a year.  We were disappointed because we saw very few birds. Last year, Oakland Nature Preserve stopped putting out feeders for the painted buntings.  It’s sad to go by the bird blind and not see any. :( The weather today was cloudy and kinda gross, which probably influenced the birds. Out on the board, we saw several osprey fishing, a couple of cardinals, a mockingbird, some grackles, and that was about it. Near the new nature building, there were a bunch of juvenile White-Crowned Sparrows feasting on the birdseed that was spread out on some old tree trunks.  So at least I took a couple of pictures. I got a few decent close-ups of the sparrows.  They are winter birds in our part of Florida.      
  • Painted buntings at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Painted buntings at Oakland Nature Preserve

    This morning we went to Oakland Nature Preserve and saw our first Painted Bunting of the season. It’s nice to have them back…now if only we could tempt them to our yard!
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Painted Bunting, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Pileated Woodpecker, House Wren, American Goldfinch, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird Conspicuously absent: Warblers, Robins, Cedar Waxwings.  
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Birds Seen Today – Painted Bunting, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black and White Warbler, American Kestrel, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Gray Catbird, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Pheobe, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Painted Bunting, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Anhinga, Great Egret, Palm Warbler, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird
  • Birds Seen Today – Painted Bunting, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Downy Woodpecker, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Bald Eagle, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Great Blue Heron, Gray Catbird, American Robin, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Birds Seen Today – Painted Bunting, Palm Warbler, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, American Kestrel, Hermit Thrush, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Birds Seen Today – Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Flicker, Bald Eagle, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Purple Gallinule, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Birds Seen Today: Painted Bunting, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Anhinga, Gray Catbird, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Birds Seen Today: Painted Bunting, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, American Kestrel, Eastern Phoebe, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Birds Seen Today – Painted Bunting, Gray Catbird, Palm Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Common Yellowthroat, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Common Moorhen, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird  
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Birds Seen Today: Painted Bunting, Robin, Gray Catbird, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Great Egret, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird
  • Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

    The painted buntings are back at Oakland Nature Preserve! Birds Seen Today – Painted Bunting, Gray Catbird, Indigo Bunting, Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird ONP maintains feeders to attract the buntings…not the red-wing blackbirds! The greedy bully bird chased away the female cardinal. The gray catbird kept close but never went to the feeders. I caught two of the most striking birds in the Oakland Nature Preserve sitting side by side. The females chose to stick to their own feeder. They also showed that it’s possible to share! Later they were joined by a female Indigo Bunting. A Tufted Titmouse came by but didn’t stay. The House Wren dared to get a littler closer to us.