Scotland is the home of this powerful and magnificent bird of prey. It feeds on mountain hares, ptarmigan and grouse, and is therefore much disliked by the proprietors of grouse moors. However, it finds favour in the deer forests where grouse are a nuisance to deerstalkers, and it is in these wild and remote areas that the eagle is chiefly found.
Its nest is built on a crag-side or, more rarely, in a tree. If undisturbed the eagle uses the same nest year after year, adding to it until in time it becomes a huge structure, sometimes as much as six feet in diameter.