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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.

Visit the Oakland Nature Preserve website.


Little Birds and Blooms at Oakland Nature Preserve

Little Birds and Blooms at Oakland Nature Preserve - March 2017

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


Little Birds at Oakland Nature Preserve

Little Birds at Oakland Nature Preserve - February 2017

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!Read More


Cold Sunset at Oakland Nature Preserve

Cold Sunset at Oakland Nature Preserve - December 2010

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 …Read More


Breezy Morning at Oakland Nature Preserve

Breezy Morning at Oakland Nature Preserve - November 2010

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 …Read More


All’s quiet at Oakland Nature Preserve

All’s quiet at Oakland Nature Preserve - March 2010

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 …Read More


Painted buntings at Oakland Nature Preserve

Painted buntings at Oakland Nature Preserve - November 2008

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 - June 2008

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 - January 2008

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 - December 2007

Painted Bunting, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Anhinga, Great Egret, Palm Warbler, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird


- December 2007

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 - December 2007

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 - December 2007

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 - November 2007

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 - November 2007

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 - November 2007

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 - November 2007

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 - November 2007

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 …Read More