Taking on a big ole squirrel.
Didn't realize squirrels could fight so well against hawks, but the time I saw one chase a young hawk off of his perch makes a LOT more sense now.
Was it eating something, or dead?
Neither, it had just missed on something small and fast. It then flew only a little bit away, so I had time to get my camera and come back. And then it proceeded to spend 15 minutes sitting with her back to me, the bitch.
Makes sense about the head cover and attacking the game. If you have a decent camera, a tripod, and some (very little really) editing skills you could get a pretty bad arse photo of him sitting over the game without the head gear. Slap the camera on the tripod, shoot him once over the kill with head gear on, then remove the kill and the head gear, and shoot him again while he poses. When you get home, composite the 2 images with a layer mask in gimp, PS etc and BAM, you get a cool photo of Hawkeye posing with his kill.