The Great Grey Owl or Lapland Owl (Strix nebulosa) is a very large owl, distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called the Great Gray Ghost, Phantom of the north, Cinereous Owl, Spectral Owl, Lapland Owl, Spruce Owl, Bearded Owl and Sooty Owl.
This majestic predator still suffers from persecution by man. Found mainly in the north and west of Scotland. The current breeding population is estimated at just over four hundred breeding pairs. Large enough to take young Red Deer and Roe-deer, the Golden Eagle will hunt rabbits, hare, and medium to large birds. There are reports of Golden eagles killing adult Red deer. Known to eat carrion. The Golden eagle will build it’s nest on protected rock ledges and large trees. The breeding pair may have as many as three or four alternative nest sites.
Hunted to extinction in the 19th century, the Goshawk is a formidable and fearless hunter. A reputation for never giving up on prey, it will hunt anything from small birds to hares. A woodland dweller, the Goshawk adapted well to coniferous forests. Estimated at some four hundred breeding pairs. Nests are built in large trees.
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