This is a bird species that not a lot of wildlife photographers get a chance with. I found these White-winged Scoters a few years ago. It is always exciting to photograph a species that is new to you, and especially so if it is an animal that is hard to find. I would have loved to get these guys in summer plumage but I am not fussy.
Starting in the early 2000s I began to see an increasing number of domestic ducks and geese at places I frequent to make nature photos. I used to call them escaped domestics but the truth is that most of these guys could not get to where I have found them without someone dumping them there. Very few that I have seen could fly due to so many years of domestication for their ancestors. This colorful (face) fellow was no different. He was so used to people who I petted him like he was a dog. Three days later he was gone. Possibly food for a predator. There are not any no-kill pet centers for this sort of animal but I would imagine with the increase of hobby farms among retirees, that could be one direction to turn to help these “dumped” birds.