See the People and Odd Stuff section for a greater understanding of why I prefer to photograph animals. I don't suffer the same embarrassment when I ask a tortoise if I can take its picture - unless somebody overhears me that is. The eyes are the most important thing but I've noticed that the minute you point a camera at an animal it turns away. Maybe it's embarrassed, maybe it thinks the camera lens is a big eye or maybe it can see its own reflection in the lens and thinks goodness I do look a mess, he's not taking my picture with me looking like this!
Incidentally, I titled the picture above 'chicken quarters' (if you don't get it ask somebody to explain it to you)!