What does everyone think about birds looking of flying away from the camera?
It happens to me all the time in the field - I'm approaching a bird, getting closer and closer, and then finally the bird takes off. And that gives an opportunity to get some shots of the bird in flight. But the bird is flying away from me, and I'm basically shooting it in the back.
Here's what Arthur Morris says about it in The Art of Bird Photography II: "Images of birds facing slightly or well away from the camera are rarely successful." (Page 183 if anyone is interested.)
I think I have to agree with Morris. Based on my own experience I have some borderline shots of birds where they are not "full eye" shots and they are not as compelling as a good eye full.
example = borderline eye shots