Sea Change Safety Cove House and Garden
The Sea Change experience is not complete unless you indulge in the beauty and majesty of wandering along the pristine Safety Cove beach. It is also highly recommended that you allow yourself the time to enjoy a wine or coffee on the waterside decks to marvel at the light and colour changes on Tasman Island .
The garden and surrounding bush at Sea Change are home to a variety of birds that can easily be seen by sitting quietly on the deck or in the garden.YELLOW THROATED HONEY EATERS, with their olive-green plumage and bright yellow throat, frequent the shrubs at the front of the house, as do the even smaller BLACK-HEADED HONEY EATERS. The bird bath at the front of the house is a favourite watering hole for several species, particularly in the late afternoon.
They use it to clean their streaked back-and-white feathers and yellow wing patches. In Spring 2005 a pair of SPOTTED PARDELOTE chose the bottom of the dahlia bed at the side of the house for a nest and to raise their young. YELLOW and LITTLE WATTLE BIRDS prefer the taller Eucalypt on the edge of the property, as does the BLACK–FACED CUCKOO SHRIKE, a handsome light grey bird with a black face, flight feathers and tail. A GREY SHRIKE–THRUSH often visits the bird feeder on the rear deck (its characteristic jock -widee call can certainly be heard) and SUPERB FAIRY WRENS bustle in and out of the shrubbery. The male has a bright blue crown, upper back and side of head, except in winter when he is indistinguishable from the common brown female.
The Blue Gums below the entrance attract visits from noisy YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO in the spring which feast on the blossom.
YELLOW and LITTLE WATTLE BIRDS prefer the taller Eucalypt on the edge of the property, as does the BLACK–FACED CUCKOO SHRIKE, a handsome light grey bird with a black face, flight feathers and tail.
A track leads from the garden to the beach. You may have the pristine beach to yourself except for the GULLS, PIED OYSTER CATCHERS, and a pair of tiny HOODED PLOVERS. Please keep to the waterline and don’t disturb the plovers as they are a threatened species.