Letting in more light (exposure compensation) made the subject lighter, but also resulted in the sky becoming burnt out (no detail).
By moving 2-3 metres and crouching under, and slightly behind, an over-hanging tree branch, the empty sky area became more interesting, the exposure was also more accurate, and the photo was more balanced.
Just remember that you are not tied to a pole stuck in concrete. Move around and find the best angle for your subject. Don't just take 1 photo and think its good enough. Take a photo, and then look at it and ask yourself if it could be better. Then try it. There are no excuses any more for a bad photo.