On the 9th March 2017, staff and volunteers from Slimbridge had the pleasure of visiting Abberton Reservoir in Essex to see the wonderful Roy King and celebrate his fantastic duck ringing achievements there, spanning 60 years. He first started out as assistant to the inimitable Major-General C. B. Wainwright in 1956, taking over from 1968 following the Major-General’s death. Following retirement and some time in Devon, he returned to Essex in 2007 and re-established the duck ringing there. During this time we estimate he has handled >100,000 ducks and, in doing so, made a major contribution to our knowledge of their movements, survival and many other things. We handed him a copy of the Poyser monograph on Teal (one of his favourite ducks and the most frequently ringed species at Abberton) as a small token of our appreciation, into which Matthieu Guillemain (one of the authors) had written “there is a lot of your work in here!”. Of that there can be no doubt – Roy has made one of the greatest individual contributions to our knowledge of European duck migration that will be very hard for anyone in the future to surpass.