I met Al Batt at the Midwest Birding Symposium a few years ago. He is such a great story teller! He also has a monthly article in Bird Watcher's Digest(my favorite magazine by the way!) AND if you check out Google+, he has a way of finding and posting the funniest cartoons involving birds.
He's a great friend of the birds...and a few birders too. He is fighting cancer and kicking butt, butt could always use a few more good thoughts sent his way!
He needs to get back out birding cause there's a lot more chickadees waiting to be seen...