A tawny owl or two

There has been a pair of resident owls nearby for as long as I can remember, but this year, for whatever reason, I have seen them far more frequently and closer than ever before.
I had also presumed they were barn owls - but after a particularly close encounter and a few lucky photos, I'm inclined to think this one at least is a tawny owl. It seemed wrong somehow to return indoors while he sat so close, but the rain was falling, so I stepped back inside and watched from the living room window for another few minutes before he left as silently as he'd arrived.