Not raging here, but I need to point out that you missed the purpose of my google results link...that link opens to multiple
instances where Artie has blogged that he is a poor at best BIF shooter - it's a notorious shortcoming of his that he praises others for unreservedly...yet you referred to him as "Mr BIF or even Sir BIF".
So you really know nothing.
It's easy to be an armchair critic. "Oh, if I were there and had all that great equipment, I could do it too".
I've been there, had great equipment, and it wasn't all that easy.
And you probably wouldn't like him if you met him, he's a classic Type A New Yorker. But he sure knows his stuff, and he is almost certainly the hardest working nature photographer in the business.
wtlloyd - thanks for sharing the link and a nice image of a condor in flight. I appreciate his humility but once again and in the nicest possible way, I was not passing judgement on the man himself (to which a workshop or meeting with him would most definitely help) but purely his output and this link provides nothing to dissuade me of my opinion. He came away with a perfectly decent shot of a relatively slow, extremely large bird after using superb, top of the line equipment and, in his own words, having "lots of great chances" at getting the shot.