THE AUDUBON SOCIETY BOOK OF WATER BIRDS by Les Line, Kimball L. Garrett and Kenn Kaufman (Abrams: $35; 252 pp.).
The Audubon Society series of exhibit format books about wildlife--now more than half-a-dozen strong--skirts the boundaries of coffeetable-book caricature. The books are more than a foot tall; they weigh several pounds at least. The signature type style is about twice normal size and weight, ragged-edged text occupying hardly more than half of each page. Despite their name, the books bear only a remote relationship to the Audubon Society.