By completing this task i have learnt a lot. To be able to get it to 'peck', i had to balance out the head with the tail. I also found that it only pecks effectively when the solenoid hits off the tail.
As you can see in the video, the solenoid's action is very small. By this i mean the piston going in and out is about 5mm. This restricts the movement the bird can conduct and therefor the 'peck'.
Things to think about:
- angel the bird is attached to the device
- shape of the bird
- materials of the bird
- size of the bird
- whether it can hit off other materials.