SHORELINES: Birds at the Water's Edge, by Michael Warren (Times Books, $25). Warren seems to be a psychedelic artist. He endows his birds with a highly stylized roundedness and his landscapes with almost painfully bright coloration. The result is something like a cross between John James Audubon and Thomas Hart Benton -- extravagant artistry for daring birders. Included are journal entries from Warren's peregrinations in Europe and the United States. TUNNICLIFFE'S BIRDS: Measured Drawings, by C. F. Tunnicliffe, RA, with an introduction and commentary by Noel Cusa (Little, Brown, $49.95). In contrast with Warren, a conservative approach. The late C. F. Tunnicliffe favored Audubon's method of painting birds after they were dead and arranged. Though short on background and sometimes innocent of pictorial design, his paintings compensate with their rich hues and splendid detail. His rendition of the wing-feathers on a bar-tailed godwit, for example, is as gloriously intricate as the marbling on fancy paper. AMERICA 1585: The Complete Drawings of John White, by Paul Hulton (University of North Carolina Press and British Museum Publications, $24.95). John White was the official artist of the 1585 English voyage to North Carolina, but his superb art needs no Olympian endorsements. Later the governor of the "Lost Colony" and grandfather of Virginia Dare (the first child of English parentage born in the New World), he was also a water-colorist of the first rank. His works provide an invaluable historical record, and this new edition, reproduced from photographic transparencies of the originals and from early engravings, is a remarkably faithful one. DRAWN FROM NATURE: The Botanical Art of Joseph Prestele and His Sons, by Charles Van Ravenswaay (Smithsonian Institution Press, $45). Exquisite paintings and lithographs by an unusual man and his sons: members of a German mystical sect called the Community of True Inspiration who emigrated to America and established a colony near Buffalo, New York. (Later, in the mid-1850s, the community moved to Iowa, where it founded the Amana villages.) The leaves, petals, and berries in these works glow as if the artists had seen into the plants' fructifying souls. REFLECTIONS OF NATURE: Flowers in American Art, by Ella M. Foshay (Knopf, $29.95). This sumptuous artistic anthology devotes several pages to the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, as well it might.One work in particular, an abstract but highly sensuous jack-in-the-pulpit curving down itself in maroon, black, and white, is a standing-ovation masterpiece. The book derives from a spring 1984 exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art. GLEN LOATES: A Brush with Life, by Glen Warner (Abrams, $40). Magnificent paintings and sculpture by a renowned Canadian artist with a multiplicity of styles and a keen eye for wildlife in its habitat. In his portrait of grizzly bears in a British Columbian gorge, the gorge almost steals the show. 157 illustrations, including 86 full-color plates. ONE MAN'S ISLAND: A Naturalist's Year, by Keith Brockie (Harper & Row, $19.95). The island is May, in Soctland's Firth of Forth, and the book is a holistic marvel. I know of no other work in which the artist so faithfully sketches species in every phase of their development, from birth to death, and the landscape under every lighting condition. "I feel very privileged to have been able to work full-time . . . on a place I love, doing what I love," Brockie writes in his introduction. We are privileged to have this work of ecosystem art.